Five former Warriors to play in All-Star Games

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Five former University of Hawaii football players are playing in all-star games this week, including wide receiver Royce Pollard, offensive lineman Brett Leonard and linebacker Aaron Brown, who are competing in tonight's Casino Del Sol Challenge All-Star Game.

The game will be held at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., at 6:00 p.m. MT (3:00 p.m. HT) and will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona. The former Warriors will make up the "Stripes" team against the "Stars." Former UH coach Dick Tomey will assist "Stripes" head coach Pat Hill.

Brown, a Puyallup, Wash., native was a first team all-WAC pick after recording 103 total tackles, including 13.0 for loss and 4.5 sacks, and tying for the team-lead with three interceptions.

Both Pollard and Leonard were named to the all-WAC second team. Pollard, of 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 Hollister, Calif., native started the first eight games at left guard before finishing the season at left tackle.

Defensive tackles Kaniela Tuipulotu and Vaughn Meatoga will play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kick-off for the game is 4:00 p.m. ET (11:00 am HT) and will be televised on the NFL Network.

Both players were named to the all-Western Athletic Conference second team following the 2011 season. Meatoga, Kalaheo, Kaua'i, and Tuipulotu, of 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.

A total of 18 former Warriors have competed in the game not including this year's participants. Last season, former Warrior running back Alex Green and offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli both competed in the Shrine Game.

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