Two Oregon State Beavers Land on Polynesian Watch List

Oregon State offensive lineman Gus Lavaka and linebacker Manase Hungalu have been named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List, it was announced.

The honor is given annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian Ancestry. The watch list is comprised of 48 players, with Lavaka and Hungalu accounting for two of the 14 from the Pac-12 Conference.

Lavaka, a business major from Kearns, Utah, enters the 2017 season with seven career starts, all coming as a redshirt freshman last season. He was named a Freshman All-American by Campus Insiders and Pro Football Focus in 2016.

Hungalu, who hails from Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, enters his senior season after averaging 7.5 tackles per game in 2016, which is the second-most among Pac-12 returners this season. A sociology major, he is already on the watch list for Butkus Award, which is awarded to the top collegiate linebacker.

The 2017 winner of the award will be announced Dec. 14, with five finalists unveiled Nov. 30.

The two join Ryan Nall (Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award), Sumner Houston (Rimington Trophy) and Nick Porebski (Ray Guy Award) on watch lists for the 2017 season.