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Pop Warner Names Finalists for College Football Award

Mariota, Abdullah, Richards and Garcia vying for award.

mariotaORLANDO, FL – University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Stanford University safety Jordan Richards, University of Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and University of Florida center Max Garcia were named finalists for the fifth annual Pop Warner National College Football Award.

The award will be presented December 10 at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports during the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The Pop Warner College Football Award honors a player who has contributed at a high level on the field, in the classroom and in his community, emulating the ideals of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s oldest youth football organization.

“Some may look at this group of finalists and immediately recognize them as among the nation’s best players, and they are. But at Pop Warner we also see them as outstanding young men who represent their college, family and community properly on and off the field,” said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars.

“We created the Pop Warner National College Football Award to honor a student-athlete who stands as a positive example for our young athletes and these young men do just that. They aren’t alone. We are proud to have received nominations of many exceptional student-athletes from across the country.”

The inaugural award was presented in 2010 to former University of Nebraska cornerback and current New York Giant Prince Amukamara. Subsequent recipients were former University of Virginia and current Washington Redskins cornerback Chase Minnifield, former Duke University and current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Sean Renfree and last year to former Purdue University wide receiver Gary Bush.

About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the world’s largest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Currently there are over 400,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got their start in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit www.popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Pop_Warner.