Stanford senior strong safety Jordan Richards has been named one of four finalists for the Pop Warner National College Football Award, it was announced Thursday.
The Pop Warner College Football Award honors a player who has contributed at a high level on the field, in the classroom and in his community, emulating the ideals of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation's oldest youth football organization. The award will be presented Dec. 10 at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports during the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
Richards is a public policy major from Folsom, Calif. An Academic All-America selection in 2013, Richards is regarded as one of the premier student-athletes in the country. A team captain, Richards earned notice on preseason All-America teams including ESPN, Athlon and Phil Steele.
Richards is also a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the Campbell Trophy, also referred to as the "academic Heisman Trophy."
Other lists featuring Richards are the Lott IMPACT Trophy (semifinalist) and Senior CLASS Award, which honors a college football player who makes a positive impact as a leader in the community. Richards is also a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Richards, who leads Stanford with three forced fumbles and 47 solo tackles (67 total), is a highly-regarded presence on campus and recently contributed time to Stanford University's "It's On Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence.
In other Stanford football news, fullback Houston Heimuli of Bountiful High in Utah gave his verbal commitment to Stanford on Thursday, joining 10 others who have announced a commitment to the Cardinal for the 2015 season.