Six Cougars on Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watchlist

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Ari Davis
Harvey Langi intercepts a pass during BYU’s game with UCLA in 2015. Langi is one of five Cougars named to the Polynesian Player of the Year watchlist. (Ari Davis)

The BYU football team had six players named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award watchlist by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame on July 27.

The Cougars’ six players were the most of any other school. No other university had more than three players make the list.

Defensive linemen Travis Tuiloma, Logan Taele and Sae Tautu, offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho, defensive back Kai Nacua and linebacker Harvey Langi were named to the watchlist.

The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award is presented each year to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that has both great ability on the field and integrity.

“This award allows us to showcase the tremendous impact that our Polynesian student-athletes are having on the game of football,” said Chairman and Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Jesse Sapolu.

The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 7 and five finalists will be released on Nov. 17. The presentation of the award will be on Jan. 20, 2017.

The Pac-12 led all conferences with 16 players and 38 players from 24 different FBS schools made the list. The criteria for selection was based on players’ past performance and future potential.

The five finalists and winner of the award will be selected by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame selection committee, which includes former BYU coach LaVell Edwards and former Utah coach Ron McBride.

 

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