Senior nose tackle Bryan Mone made the 2018 Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, announced Thursday in Hawaii by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
The 6-foot-4, 335-pound senior made the list last year, as did departed receiver Kekoa Crawford. The award has been presented since 2014 to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that “epitomizes great ability and integrity.”
Mone looks to break out in his final season after accumulating only 26 tackles — four for loss — and a lone sack so far in his career.
The Wolverines have recruited more Polynesian players like Mone in recent years, as Crawford, former fullback Sione Houma and rising sophomore linemen Chuck Filiaga and Phillip Paea have bolstered the ranks.
A who’s who of football makes up the award’s selection committee, including Hall of Fame coach Dick Vermeil and a pair of former All-Pro NFL centers in Olin Kreutz and Kevin Mawae among others.
The committee will announce finalists on Dec. 5 and the award’s winner Dec. 14. Previous winners include 2014 Heisman-winner Marcus Mariota and former Notre Dame All-American lineman Ronnie Stanley.
Michigan plays four teams with other players on the watch list, including Olive Sagapolu of Wisconsin, Koa Farmer of Penn State, Alohi Gilman of Notre Dame and Brendan Moore of Maryland.