Eight Warriors named to All-WAC Football teams

DENVER (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai'i was well-represented on the all-Western Athletic Conference teams as voted upon by the WAC's eight head coaches. Quarterback Bryant Moniz and linebacker Aaron Brown were named to the first team.

In addition, wide receiver Royce Pollard, offensive lineman Brett Leonard, defensive linemen Kaniela Tuipulotu and Vaughn Meatoga, linebacker Corey Paredes, and safety Richard Torres were selected to the second team.

Moniz, a senior from Wahiawâ, O'ahu, missed the team's final month of the season after suffering a leg injury in a loss to Nevada. Prior to the injury, he ranked among the nation's leaders in passing and total offense and became just the third UH quarterback to surpass 10,000 yards passing.

Moniz, a second-team all-WAC pick in 2010, also joins Timmy Chang (2004) and Colt Brennan (2006 & 2007) as the only all-WAC first team honorees in school history. Last night, he earned his second straight Alec Waterhouse Most Valuable Player Award at the team's awards banquet.

Brown, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., recorded 103 total tackles, including 13.0 for loss and 4.5 sacks, and tied for the team-lead with three interceptions.

Paredes, a first-team all-WAC pick in 2010, led the team with 107 tackles this season and finished his career seventh all-time in school history with 315. The senior from Kâne'ohe, O'ahu, started every game this season despite suffering through a leg injury.

Torres, a senior from Kahuku, O'ahu, finished the season with 60 tackles and three interceptions, two of which were returned for a touchdown, including a school-tying 99-yarder against Washington.

Pollard, a senior from San Diego, Calif., had a breakout 2011 season with finishing with 71 receptions for 1,011 yards and tied for the team-lead with eight touchdowns. He completed his career with 2,140 career yards which ranks 13th all-time in school history.

Leonard, a senior from Hollister, Calif., started the first eight games at left guard before finishing the season at left tackle.

Meatoga, a senior from Kalâheo, Kaua'i, and Tuipulotu, a senior from Lahaina, Maui, formed a formidable frontline for the Warrior defense. Meatoga started nearly every game since his sophomore season while Tuipulotu was a two-year starter after transferring from Arizona.

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