(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – Three members of the University of Hawai'i football team were among a group of 50 players named to the 2018 Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, which was announced by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
Linebackers Solomon Matautia and Jahlani Tavai and wide receiver John Ursua were among the list comprising of 34 different FBS schools. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
Last season, Tavai was among five finalists for the award, which was won by Washington State's Hercules Mata'afa, while Ursua was named to the preseason watch list.
Both Tavai and Ursua are also candidates for other college football major awards. Tavai, a senior from Inglewood, Calif., is up for the Bronko Nagurski Award and Butkus Award while Ursua, a junior from Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, is on the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
The winner of the 2018 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award will be announced on Dec. 14, 2018. Five finalists will be unveiled on December 5. The presentation of the award will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Celebration Dinner (Sheraton Waikiki) and they will be recognized at halftime of the Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
Former University of Oregon and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2014; former University of Notre Dame and current Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Ronnie Stanley received the award in 2015; and University of Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau received the award in 2016; and former Washington State and current Minnesota Vikings defensive end Hercules Mata'afa received the award last year.