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2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARD FINALISTS

LANGHORNE, PA (November 19, 2019) – Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization and the only one with established academic standards, today announced the six finalists for its 10th Annual National College Football Award. Established in 2010, the award recognizes a graduating senior who has made a real impact on the field, in the classroom and in his community.

The 2019 Award Finalists are:

  • University of Southern California wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.
  • Wake Forest running back Cade Carney
  • Penn State punter Blake Gillikin
  • University of Nebraska linebacker Mohamed Barry
  • University of Kansas safety Bryce Torneden
  • Auburn University defensive tackle Derrick Brown

The award will be presented to the winner during the 63rd annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. C.J. Conrad, former University of Kentucky tight end, took home last year’s award.

“One of the things that makes our sport so special is the character of those who play it,” said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. “Once again, we are inspired to see all of the amazing work our award nominees do on the field, in the classroom and across their communities. Pop Warner’s young people look up to these players and we love to see that so many of them share our values and strive to set positive examples for the next generation of football players.”

Previous recipients have included Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), Chase Minnifield (Virginia), Sean Renfree (Duke), Gary Bush (Purdue), Jordan Richards (Stanford), Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest) and Evan Engram (Mississippi) and Braxton Berrios (Miami).

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About the Pop Warner College Football Award

The Pop Warner National College Football Award recognizes a college graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student athletes.

Pop Warner created the award in 2010 to honor a college player who has continued to demonstrate Pop Warner’s fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service at the next level.

The award is presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.

Previous Award Recipients

Previous recipients of the Pop Warner College Football Award:

  • 2018: CJ Conrad (Kentucky WR)
  • 2017: Braxton Berrios (Miami WR)
  • 2016: Evan Engram (Ole Miss TE)
  • 2015: Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest LB)
  • 2014: Jordan Richards (Stanford S)
  • 2013: Gary Bush (Purdue University WR)
  • 2012: Sean Renfree (Duke University QB)
  • 2011: Chase Minnifield (Virginia DB)
  • 2010: Prince Amukamara (Nebraska DB)

2019 CFB Award Finalists

     

     

Kentucky TE CJ Conrad wins 2018 College Football Award

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad was named the winner of the 2018 Pop Warner National College Football Award, which is presented to a graduating senior each season who makes a difference in the classroom, the community and on the field and serves as a role model to young athletes.

Conrad is UK’s second-leading receiver with 29 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning catch over Missouri as time ran out on the clock earlier this season.

In the award announcement, Conrad was hailed as the “epitome” of Pop Warner’s “fundamental values of sportsmanship, academics and community service.” Since 1929, Pop Warner has been one of the nation’s most recognizable youth football organizations.

Pop Warner specifically praised Conrad’s “Tuesday’s with C.J.” program in which he visits Kentucky Children’s Hospital each week to hang out with patients and spend time with their families.

“We are honored to have C.J. come to the hospital and take his time just to see patients,” Kentucky Children’s Hospital Child Life Coordinator Jennifer Guilliams said in the press release. “I had a mom tell me her daughter didn’t want to get out of bed for two days until she heard C.J. was coming and she walked down the hall to meet him. Not only does his visit brighten their day but it provides them with motivation to continue to get better and we couldn’t do that ourselves. As doctors, nurses and staff, we can only do so much. C.J. coming in is an inspiration to our children, an inspiration to our staff and we all get excited for his visits. What makes it even more special is that he does this out of the kindness of his heart.”

“This starts my day off really well, get away from football for a little while, see these kids, see what they’re going through really helps me get through the week, what I consider a tough day,” Conrad said earlier this season about his weekly hospital visits.

“These kids have it much harder and to put a smile on their face is everything I want to do.”

Conrad, a member of the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List, graduated on Dec. 14 with a degree in communications.

About Pop Warner Little Scholars

Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. 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.

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Phone: 215-752-2691
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