Navy Junior Defensive End Jarvis Polu On Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award
Aug. 10, 2017
Navy junior defensive end Jarvis Polu is one of 48 players on the watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The award is presented by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is a member, and is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
Former University of Oregon, and current Tennessee Titans Quarterback, Marcus Mariota was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2014; former University of Notre Dame, and current Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman, Ronnie Stanley received the award in 2015; and University of Colorado, and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Sefo Liufau received the award last year.
The five finalists for the award will be unveiled on November 30 and the winner will be announced on December 14. The presentation of the award will be held at the celebration dinner during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 21, in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
“The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award has quickly become one of the most prestigious awards in college football,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder. “More than 500 players of Polynesian ancestry are playing Division I football today.”
The watch list candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2017-2018 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which includes Coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil, past NFLPA President and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae, former NFL Player and Class of 2015 Inductee Ray Schoenke, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel legend Gil Brandt, NFL Network writer and commentator Steve Wyche, and Honolulu Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.
Polu started all 14 games for Navy in 2014 and recorded 53 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for a loss and broke up two passes as Navy won the American Athletic Conference West Division. Polu has played in all 27 games of his Navy career and he is the only player from the American Athletic Conference or a Service Academy to make the list.