HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - USC’s Talanoa Hufanga and BYU’s Zach Kapono Wilson have been selected as co-recipients of the 2020 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.
This award is given out annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s criteria of skill on the field and integrity off of the field.
“On behalf of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors, we congratulate Talanoa and Zach on their accomplishments this season,” Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman Jesse Sapolu said in a statement. “They are tremendous role models and a source of great pride for Polynesians everywhere.”
Talanoa Hufanga (Tongan ancestry) led the Trojans of Southern California to a 5-1 record, leading the team with 62 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles — ranked third in the nation in interceptions per game.
Hufanga was named a consensus All-American and named as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year — also the inaugural recipient of the Polynesian High School Player of the Year in 2018.
Zach Kapono Wilson (Hawaiian ancestry) had a stellar year with BYU, leading the Cougars to an 11-1 record and a Bowl victory over UCF. Wilson threw for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions on the year.
Wilson broke BYU’s all-time completion percentage record — previously held by Steve Young — with a 73.4% completion rate, Wilson also rushed for 255 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping him finish eighth in the Heisman trophy voting.
The formal presentation of the award is set to be held at the 2022 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner next January, along with being recongnized at the 2022 Polynesian Bowl.
Previous winners of the award include Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and University of Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell.