James is joined by Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, Michigan offensive guard Patrick Omameh and UConn wide receiver Nick Williams.
The award, established in 2010, recognizes a Pop Warner alumnus who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community. It is presented to a student-athlete who has taken the ideals of Pop Warner to the next level and serves as a role model to Pop Warner's young scholar athletes.
In September, James, a Haines City, Fla., native, was one of 11 FBS players named to the 2012 AFCA Allstate Good Works Team. In 48 career games, James has amassed 1,248 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns as a Miami Hurricane. During his career at the University of Miami, James has contributed countless hours to supporting community service organizations in the Miami community, including volunteering for Empowered Youth, an organization providing mentoring to at-risk youth, serving as a project manager for the 2012 University of Miami Bone Marrow Drive and serving meals to the homeless with the Miami Rescue Mission. James has also been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, Rushing the Community and Canes on Patrol.
The Pop Warner National College Football Award will be announced Dec. 5 during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The inaugural award was presented to former Nebraska and current New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara. In 2011, the award was presented to former Virginia and current Washington Redskins cornerback Chase Minnifield.
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 percent of all current NFL players got their start in Pop Warner programs.