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Alohi Gilman Named Finalist For Polynesian College Football Player of the Year

December 6, 2018
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On Thursday, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its five finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, which is given annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity.

Finalists
DE AJ Epenesa (Iowa)
DB Alohi Gilman (Notre Dame) 
OL Dru Samia (Oklahoma)
QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
WR John Ursua (Hawaii) 

Gilman and the other candidates were chosen from a watch list of more than 50 players by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee which includes Dick Tomey, Ron McBride, Dick Vermeil, Olin Kreutz, Kevin Mawae, Ray Schoenke, Gil Brant, Neil Everett, Steve Wyche and Robert Kekaula. 

“The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award allows us to showcase the tremendous impact of our Polynesian student-athletes,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder.  “We congratulate the finalists on an incredible season and look forward to celebrating their success.”

Gilman started 12 games for the Irish in 2018 and was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 18th) for his two interceptions against Syracuse.  

The Hawaii native also recorded 76 tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and broke up five passes on the season. 

The winner will be announced on December 13th with a celebration dinner set for January 18th at the Polynesian Bowl. 

 
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