Kealakehe Alums Added to Polynesian CFB Watch List
Two Kealakehe High School graduates, Peni Vea and Psalm Wooching, have been named to the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List, Presented by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
The award, which is selected by various members of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame selection committee, recognizes Polynesian college football players who showcase “great ability and integrity.”
“There are nearly 300 players of Polynesian ancestry in Division I college football today,” said Jesse Sapolu, Polyesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman and Co-Founder. “This award showcases their incredible talents and gives us a platform to celebrate their success as student-athletes.”
Vea, entering his senior year at UNLV. is a 2011 graduate of Kealakehe. He was an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection last season after posting 88 tackles and 3.5 sacks. His tackle tally was good for second on the team.
Much is expected out of Vea this year. Phil Steele ranked him as a Preseason First Team All-MW selection this year, and Athlon Sports placed him on the Preseason Second Team All-MW squad. He is currently representing the Rebels at the conference’s media event in Las Vegas.
Wooching graduated a year after Vea did. The University of Washington junior outside linebacker recorded just two tackles in eight games played last season.
Last year’s winner of the inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award was Marcus Mariota, who was the quarterback at the University of Oregon. The Saint Louis High School graduate is currently signed with the Tennessee Titans.
This year’s award will be announced on Dec. 8. The formal presentation of the award will take place on Jan. 29, 2016 during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Celebration Dinner.
2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List
Siaosi Aiono (OL) – Utah
Kalei Auelua (DE) – New Mexico State
DeForest Buckner (DL) – Oregon
Kamalei Correa (DL) – Boise State
Su’a Cravens (LB) – USC
Ka’imi Fairbairn (K) – UCLA
Siale Fakailoatonga (TE) – Utah
Alex Fifita (OL) – Fresno State
Salamo Fiso (LB) – Arizona State
Isaiah Folasa-Lutui (OL) – New Mexico State
Tuni Kanuch (OL) – BYU
Nila Kasitati (G) – Oklahoma
Bronson Kaufusi (DL) – BYU
Ului Lapuaho (OL) – BYU
Sefo Liufau (QB) – Colorado
Toa Lobendahn (G) – USC
Tau Lotulelei (LB) – UNLV
Lowell Lotulelei (DT) – Utah
Laiu Moeakiola (LB) – Arizona State
Bryan Mone (DT) – Michigan
Manoa Pikula (LB) – BYU
Ian Seau (DE) – Nevada
Isaac Seumalo (OL) – Oregon State
Juju Smith (WR) – USC
Anu Solomon (QB) – Arizona
Ronnie Staley (OL) – Notre Dame
Christian Tago (LB) – San Jose State
Viane Talamaivao (G) – USC
Vi Teofilo (OL) – Arizona State
Mike Tuaua (DE) – TCU
Siosifa Tufunga (OL) – Washington
Travis Tuiloma (DL) – BYU
Kennedy Tulimasealii (DL) – Hawai’i
Halapoulivaati Vaitai (T) – TCU
Peni Vea (DB) – UNLV
Psalm Wooching (LB) – Washington