HONOLULU, HELLO. – Maryland redshirt second-year quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was announced Thursday as one of seven finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian descent who embodies great ability and integrity.
Tagovailoa is Maryland’s first finalist for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native was a 2019 Polynesian Bowl star as a senior in high school.
The red-shirted sophomore appellant enjoyed one of the best seasons ever for a Maryland quarterback in his second season as Terp. Tagovailoa set program records for passing yards (3,595), passes completed (308) and 300-yard passing games (seven), while also placing in the nation’s top 25 and top three. in the Big Ten for completion percentage (68.4%), goals per game (25.67), touchdowns (24) and total offense (303.3). Now selected twice in the All-Big Ten, Tagovailoa is the leader of an attack from Maryland which is just 138 yards away to set the program record for most passing yards in one. season (3,823 in 1993).
The other 2021 finalists are Jayden De Laura (Washington State), Daniel Faalele (Minnesota), Haskell Garrett (Ohio State), Noah Sewell (Oregon), Mike Tafua (Utah) and Jaylen Warren (State of Oklahoma). Tagovailoa is one of two quarterbacks vying for the award (De Laura) and one of three Big Ten players (Faalele & Garrett).
The winner of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award will be announced on December 22, 2021. The official presentation of the award will take place at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame 2022 Celebration Dinner (January 21, 2022), in addition to be recognized during the Polynesian Bowl 2022 (January 22, 2022).
Tagovailoa’s older brother and Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has received this award twice, winning in 2018 and 2019 while in Alabama. Last year, the award went to current San Francisco 49ers security guard Talanoa Hufanga (USC) and current New York Jets QB Zach Wilson (BYU).