Ja’Mion Franklin: Finalist for the Pop Warner College Football Award Embodies Excellence On and Off the Field

Ja’Mion Franklin, a former Duke graduate defensive tackle, has been named one of five finalists for the 14th Annual Pop Warner College Football Award. This accolade acknowledges seniors who excel on the field, in academics, and in their communities, serving as role models for young student-athletes in the Pop Warner program.

Franklin, standing at 6-2 and weighing 309 pounds, hails from Ridgely, Maryland. His on-field achievements this season include 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.0 sack. He has also received recognition by being named to the 2023 Allstate American Football Coach Association (AFCA) Good Works TeamĀ® and selected as a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.

In academics, Franklin graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in visual studies and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies. He has a commendable academic record, being a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient and a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, maintaining a 3.30 grade point average.

Franklin’s contributions extend beyond the field and classroom. He actively engages in community service, working with local Durham Public Schools to help students meet their reading initiative goals. Additionally, he has supported organizations like the Durham Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries of Durham, and Be the Match, contributing his time to assist those in need.

Recognized for his leadership qualities, Franklin was voted as one of four captains by his teammates and coaches in the spring.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars National College Football Award winner will be announced on December 5th during the 66th Pop Warner Super Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Past recipients of this prestigious award include notable players such as Sean Renfree from Duke in 2012, Prince Amukamara, Evan Engram, and Ian Book, among others.

Franklin’s accomplishments, both on and off the field, showcase his dedication to excellence in athletics, academics, and community service, making him a deserving finalist for the Pop Warner College Football Award.

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