Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveils finalists for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveils finalists for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Finalists (Source: Polynesian Football Hall of Fame)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday the five finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

The annual award is presented to the most outstanding college football player with Polynesian ancestry, who also shares the values for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

“The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award allows us to showcase the tremendous impact of our Polynesian student-athletes,” Chairman and Co-Founder Jesse Sapolu said in a statement.  “We congratulate the finalists on an incredible season and look forward to celebrating their success.”

The five finalists for the 2020 award include defensive lineman Haskell Garrett from Ohio State University, safety Talanoa Hufanga from USC, linebacker Darius Muasau from the University of Hawaii, wide receiver Khalil Shakir from Boise State and quarterback Zach Kapono Wilson from BYU.

The final five were selected from a watchlist of over 60 players by a selection committee composed of former NFL stars, Hall of Fame coaches and established sportscasters.

This year’s winner will be announced on January 12th, with a formal presentation of the award to be held at the 2022 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner, along with the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Former winners of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award include Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota and Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Finalists

Haskell Garrett — Samoan ancestry

  • Senior defensive tackle at the Ohio State University.
  • All-Big Ten Conference selection.
  • 17 tackles (10 solo), two sacks, one interception.
  • Born in Burlington, Vermont.

Talanoa Hufanga — Tongan ancestry

  • Sophomore safety at the University of Southern California.
  • AP All-American selection, All-Pac-12 Conference selection, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 62 tackles(40 solo), three sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles.
  • 2018 Polynesian Bowl All-Star, Inaugural Polynesian High School Player of the Year.
  • Born in Corvallis, Oregon.

Darius Muasau — Samoan ancestry

  • Sophomore linebacker at the University of Hawaii.
  • All-Mountain West Conference selection.
  • 102 tackles (66 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception.
  • 2019 Polynesian Bowl All-Star.
  • Born in San Diego, California.

Khalil Shakir — Samoan and Tongan ancestry

  • Junior wide receiver at Boise State University.
  • All-Mountain West Conference selection.
  • 52 receptions, 719 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns.
  • 2018 Polynesian Bowl All-Star.
  • Born in Murrieta, California.

Zach Kapono Wilson — Hawaiian ancestry

  • Junior quarterback at Brigham Young University.
  • Completed 246 of his 336 passes for 3,692 yards, 33 passing touchdowns, 70 carries for 254 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns.
  • Born in Draper, Utah.


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