CLEVELAND, Ohio (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several University of Hawai'i football players were selected to Phil Steele's preseason All-Mountain West teams which will appear in the magazine's 2014 College Football Preview that hits newsstands June 24.
Seven Rainbow Warriors were mentioned on the preseason's all-MW first, second, third, and fourth teams, including Scott Harding who was selected to three different positions – second team punter, fourth team wide receiver, and fourth team punt returner.
Joey Iosefa (RB) and Ben Clarke (OT) were selected to the second team while Beau Yap (DE) and Ne'Quan Phillips (CB) were picked to the third team. Kody Afusia (C) and Diocemy Saint Juste (KR) were mentioned on the fourth team.
Last season, Harding, a senior from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia earned the team's Most Valuable Player award after serving as the primary punter, slot receiver, and punt returner. He was an honorable mention all-MW as a punter after averaging 40.2 yards per punt while nearly 75 percent of his punts were either fair-caught or downed. He also ranked second on the team with 56 receptions for 631 yards and averaged 8.3 yards per punt return.
Iosefa, a senior from Pago Pago, American Samoa, was hampered for much of last season due to a foot injury but managed to lead the team with 590 yards rushing on 126 carries and five touchdowns. He started the final four games and averaged 146.5 yards per contest, including a career-high 191 yards at Navy.
Clarke, a junior from Littleton, Colo., is a two-time honorable mention all-MW center who moved to tackle in the spring. Yap, a senior from Pearl City, O'ahu, was a second team all-conference pick last season after leading the team with 5.5 sacks and recorded 12.0 tackles for loss.
Phillips, a junior from Miami, Fla., and an honorable mention all-MW pick a year ago, posted two interceptions and six pass breakups. Afusia, a senior from Midway City, Calif., made 11 starts at left guard last season and in the spring moved to center, where he served as back-up in 2011 and '12. Saint Juste, a sophomore from Boynton Beach, Fla., took over as the primary kick returner duties midway through last season and averaged 25.1 yards on 14 returns including a long of 78 yards against Colorado State.
The Rainbow Warriors open the 2014 season by hosting Washington, Aug. 30 at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.