Pop Warner National College Football Award Names Bryce Torneden Finalist

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior safety Bryce Torneden is one of six finalists for the Pop Warner 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.

Torneden has participated in numerous community service initiatives with a focus on impacting the community he calls home, Lawrence. He has spent countless hours visiting local elementary schools and doing his best to impact the next generation of children.

The work Torneden is proudest of is his role with Team Impact, a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. Torneden is KU football’s leadership team captain for its relationship with Team Impact. He leads 10 players who determine how the program spends its time with teammate, Tayber Witt, and how they can positively impact his life. Torneden has spent countless hours with Witt on campus, but has also led groups visiting him at his school and taking him bowling, among other activities.

In addition, because of Torneden’s impressive leadership skills, he was recently selected as one of the Big 12 Conference’s two football players tabbed for the NCAA’s Football Student-Athlete Connection Group.

For his efforts, Torneden was also selected for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, is a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Man of the Year Award and was named a candidate for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award.

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.”

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 popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter @Pop_Warner, Facebook @PopWarnerLittleScholars, Instagram @popwarnerlittlescholars and Snap @popwarner1929.

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