Inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watchlist released

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs for some yardage during the first quarter of the NCAA college football game Tennessee in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs for some yardage during the first quarter of the NCAA college football game Tennessee in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Honolulu, HI (July 23, 2014) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today the establishment of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, presented by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It will be awarded annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.

The winner of the 2014 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year will be announced on December 9, 2014. Five finalists will be unveiled November 20. The formal presentation will be at the Celebration Dinner during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 23, 2015.

“The Polynesian influence and prestige in football is at an all-time high, and rapidly expanding,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder. “This award was established to showcase the immense talent of our Polynesian student-athletes in college football today.”

The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2014 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which is composed of past college football head coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt, past NFLPA president and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae and Hawai’i sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

“The growth and success of college football players of Polynesian ancestry has been extraordinary,” said Dick Tomey, Selection Committee Chairman. “This award will shine a positive light on their wonderful accomplishments.”

Player Name School Pos Class
Kody Afusia Hawai’i OL Soph
Su’a Cravens USC S Soph
Ka’imi Fairbairn UCLA K Junior
Jake Fely SDSU LB Senior
Salamo Fiso ASU LB Soph
Alani Fua BYU LB Senior
Edward Fusi BYU OL Senior
Ngalu Fusimalohi Kansas OL Senior
Scott Harding Hawai’i WR/P Senior
Micah Hatchie Washington OL Senior
Jeremy Ioane Boise St S Senior
Joey Iosefa Hawai’i RB Senior
Solomone Kafu BYU OL Senior
Bronson Kaufusi BYU LB Junior
Hau’oli Kikaha UW LB Senior
Sefo Liufau Colorado QB Soph
Isaiah Folasa-Lutui NMSU OL Junior
Jaryl Mamea UCF DL Senior
Marcus Mariota Oregon QB Junior
Jeremiah Poutasi Utah OL Junior
Sonny Puletasi Wyoming DE Senior
Sonny Sanitoa UNLV DL Junior
Ian Seau Nevada DE Junior
Isaac Seumalo OregonSt C Junior
Brian Suite Utah St S Senior
Christian Tago SJSU LB Soph
John Tavai USC LB Senior
Vi Teofilo ASU OL Junior
John Timu UW LB Senior
Josh Tupou Colorado DL Junior
Soma Vainuku USC FB Junior
Peni Vea UNLV DB Junior
Psalm Wooching UW LB Soph
Beau Yap Hawai’i DL Senior

*Courtesy of Polynesian Football Hall of Fame*

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