ORLANDO, Fla. – Evan Engram, the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches by a tight end and two-time SEC Community Service Team member, has been 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 on Thursday.
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, Georgia, 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 has been named first team All-SEC by the Southeastern Conference coaches and first team All-America by Sporting News, 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 also include the Ozzie Newsome Award for the nation’s best tight end, the C Spire Conerly Trophy, SEC Community Service Team and an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
About Pop Warner National 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. Previous recipients have included Prince Amukamara (Nebraska), Chase Minnifield (Virginia), Sean Renfree (Duke), Gary Bush (Purdue), Jordan Richards (Stanford) and Brandon Chubb (Wake Forest). The award is presented during the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.
About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
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 twitter.com/Pop_Warner.