Today, the Polynesian College Football Hall of Fame announced the finalists for the Polynesian College Football Players of the Year.
Four of the seven players have Hawaii connections: Jayden de Laura, Taulia Tagovailoa, Mika Tafua, and Haskell Garrett.
De Laura, a Washington State quarterback, was named Cover2 Tommy Kaulukui Offensive player of the year as a senior at Saint Louis. He was the Pac-12 Freshman Of The Year in 2021 after throwing for 2,751 yard, 23 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He ran an additional 101 yards, and scored three touchdowns.
Tagovailoa was Maryland’s starting quarterback for his second season. He threw for 3,595 yard, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in his second season. The Terrapins will be 2021. Tagovailoa spent his first and second high school years at Kapolei, before moving to Thompson High School in Alabama for his senior year.
Tafua, who hails from Laie and played his prep ball at Kamehameha during his time in Laie, was named first-team All-Pac 12 for Utah as linebacker. He led the conference with sacks and pressures of 9.5 and 74.7, respectively.
Garrett, who spent most of his childhood in Hawaii and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, before playing college football at Ohio State. Garrett was a defensive tackle who accumulated 22 tackles (12 solo), 5.8 sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 2021 to earn All-Big Ten Conference honors.
Other finalists include Jaylen Warren from Oklahoma State, Noah Sewell from Oregon and Daniel Faalele, Minnesota’s offensive lineman.
The award’s winner will be announced Dec. 22.