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Dec, 2016

Ole Miss Tight End Evan Engram Wins Annual Pop Warner College Football Award

ORLANDO, FL – Evan Engram, the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end and two-time SEC Community Service Team member, today was named the winner of the 2016 Pop Warner Little Scholars College Football Award. The award was presented during the 60th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The award, established in 2010, recognizes a senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, all attributes Pop Warner emphasizes with its young scholar athletes. Last year’s winner was former Wake Forest University and current Detroit Lions linebacker Brandon Chubb.

The other 2016 finalists included University of Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis; Wake Forest University safety Ryan Janvion; Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith and Duke University defensive tackle AJ Wolf.

"It is truly an honor to represent an organization like Pop Warner that has such a rich tradition of positively influencing young people,” said Engram. “I would like to thank the organization for selecting me among the many outstanding candidates. I also thank my family for their loving support as well as my coaches and teammates for putting me in a position to be successful. I accept this award on their behalf."

“Evan is an exceptional representative of our great sport, his university and his community, and we’re extremely proud to present him with the Pop Warner Little Scholars College Football Award,” said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. “As the only national youth sports organization that requires its athletes to perform in the classroom, we created the award to honor a college student-athlete who demonstrates commitment to academics, and whose actions on and off the field serve as a positive example for our young athletes. Evan represents those ideals.”

Engram, a native of Powder Springs, GA, is a two-time SEC Community Service Team member and a two-time AFCA Good Works Team nominee. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics, has participated in Reading with the Rebels and made several appearances at community centers and local schools, stressing to students the importance of good health and education.

He’s been a camp counselor, has helped needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and visited patients at children’s hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans. He is an integrated marketing communications major with intentions on pursuing a career in broadcast journalism or marketing when his playing career is over. He is also the nation’s leader among tight ends with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per game.

Engram, who was named first team All-SEC by the Southeastern Conference coaches, is the nation's active leader among tight ends with 2,320 career receiving yards. In 2016, he racked up 65 catches for 926 yards and eight TDs.

In addition to the Pop Warner Award, his postseason honors include Ozzie Newsome Award for nation’s best tight end, the Conerly Trophy, SEC Community Service Team and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.


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