The Mountain West announced its 2015 all-conference football teams and individual award winners Tuesday, with six members representing the University of Hawai'i, highlighted by first team defensive end Kennedy Tulimasealii.
The Wai‘anae, O‘ahu junior was the only Rainbow Warrior selected to either the first or second teams. Five others garnered honorable mention; offensive linemen Dejon Allen (So.) and Ben Clarke (Sr.), linebacker Julian Gener (Sr.), cornerback Nick Nelson (So.) and punter Rigoberto Sanchez (Jr.).
The teams were selected by the 12 head coaches and select media panel.
San Diego State junior running back Donnel Pumphrey was chosen as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Aztecs’ junior defensive back Demontae Kazee was named MW Defensive Player of the Year. San Diego State sophomore return specialist Rashaad Penny earned the MW Special Teams Player of the Year award, while Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was honored as the MW Freshman of the Year. Rocky Long of San Diego State was selected as the MW Coach of the Year.
Tulimasealii was featured on the preseason watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year and led the Mountain West in tackles for loss with a season total of 18.5, ranking 16th in the nation. Racking up 63 tackles this season, including a team third-best 42 solo stops, Tulimasealii ranked fifth on team in total tackles. He also stands at third in tackles among MW defensive linemen. In addition, the dangerous edge rusher topped UH with eight quarterback hurries, forcing and recovering a fumble in one smooth takedown at New Mexico.