HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced its five finalists for the second-annual Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.
Defensive lineman Deforest Buckner (University of Oregon), linebacker Su'a Cravens (University of Southern California), kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (UCLA), wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster (University of Southern California), and offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (University of Notre Dame) have been identified as the finalists, chosen from a watch list that included nearly 40 other players.
Former University of Oregon and current Tennessee Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who also won the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2014.
"The Polynesian College Player of the Year Award showcases the immense talent of our Polynesian student-athletes in college football today," said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder. "Each finalist has had an incredible season and we are excited to celebrate their success."
The winner of the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award will be announced on December 8. The formal presentation of the Award will be held at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 29, 2016.