WSU's Mata'afa named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year

HONOLULU - Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa earned another award Tuesday morning, being named the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.

The award is selected by the Polynesian Hall of Fame and presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity. 

This accolade is one of many for the Lahaina, Hawaii, native who has been named to the All-America First Team by, the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News,, and the Associated Press. He has also been named to the All-America Second Team by the Football Writers Association of America. 

"On behalf of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Selection Committee, we congratulate Hercules on this historic accomplishment," said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder. "He had an outstanding season and truly represents the very best of our Polynesian culture."

Oregon State's Manase Hungalu, Virginia Tech's Andrew Motuapuaka, Hawai'i's Jahlani Tavai, and Washington's Vita Vea were all finalists for the award.