Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poly's Participating in the 2010 "Senior Bowl"

Senior Bowl Football Game:
January 30, 2010
3pm (CT)
Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,646)
NFL Network
$24, $18 & $10

The following are the Polynesian Football Players that will be participating in the 2010 "Senior Bowl."

Alualu, Tyson
Height: 6-2
Weight: 291

CAL CAREER: Played all 52 games possible with 40 starts over the last four seasons, including a run of 39 consecutive starts over his final three campaigns to end his career … finished his career with 195 tackles to go along with 26.0 TFL (-134 yards), 16.0 sacks (-111 yards), seven passes defended, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, an interception that he returned eight yards and 11 quarterback hurries … returned one of his four fumble recoveries for a touchdown at Oregon in 2007.
2009: A first-team All-Pac-10 selection for the first time in his career and a Phil Steele 2009 Postseason All-Pac-10 Second-Team choice who led all Pac-10 linemen with a career-high 65 tackles ... led the team in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (11.5) and among league-leaders in the two categories with per-game of averages of 0.58 sacks (No. 7 Pac-10) and 0.88 tackles for loss (No. 10 Pac-10), No. 8 Pac-10) and tackles for loss … his 65 tackles ranked third on the team overall … started all 13 games for the third consecutive season and played in all 13 for the fourth straight year … won four team awards (Brick Muller Award – Most Valuable Defensive Lineman; Joe Roth Award – Player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship; Cort Majors Captain – Defense, Senior Lifter of the Year) with the Brick Muller honor his third consecutive ... also earned preseason honorable mention All-America honors from, as well as first-team All-Pac-10 honors from Athlon and Sporting News, and second-team recognition by Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
Game-By-Game: vs. Maryland: 3 tackles, 0.5 SK (-6), 0.5 TFL (-6), 1 FF • vs. EWU: 4 tackles • at Minnesota: 6 tackles, 2.0 SK, 2.0 TFL • at Oregon: 8 tackles, 1.0 SK (-6), 2 TFL (-7) • vs. USC: 4 tackles, 1.0 SK (-8), 1 PBU • at UCLA: 1 tackle • vs. Washington State: 5 tackles, 0.5 SK (-2), 0.5 TFL (-2), 1 PBU • at Arizona State: no stats • vs. Oregon State: 9 tackles • vs. Arizona: 7 tackles, 1.0 SK (-5), 2.0 TFL (6.0), FF, QBH • at Stanford: 4 tackles, 0.5 TFL (0) • at Washington: 8 tackles, 1.5 SK (-6), 1.5 TFL (-6) • vs. Utah (Poinsettia Bowl): 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3)
2008: Had 62 tackles for the most for a Cal defensive lineman since Duane Clemons posted 82 in 1995, but a number he improved upon in his 2009 senior campaign ... named second-team All-Pac-10 ... started all 13 games for the second consecutive season and played in all 13 for the third year in a row ... had at least 0.5 TFL in all but two games ... recipient of Cal’s Brick Muller Award as the team’s most valuable defensive lineman for the second straight year ... 11th in the Pac-10 with 6.0 sacks and tied for 16th in the league with 11.0 TFL ... finished the regular season with a career-best 10 tackles, including a sack and two for loss, plus a forced fumble vs. Washington ... played well at Maryland with eight total tackles, including one sack ... had a pair of sacks for minus 17 yards and two pass breakups in a win over UCLA ... registered a 10-yard sack at USC among his 1.5 TFL ... finished with eight tackles plus a forced fumble in the Big Game vs. Stanford.
2007: Started all 13 games for the first time and played in all 13 for the second consecutive season … paced Cal’s defensive linemen with 52 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss … added 2.5 sacks, an interception and a team-best four fumble recoveries … had 20 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries in the last three regular season games, including a season-high eight stops in the Big Game at Stanford ... recorded a pair of sacks and five tackles at Colorado State … recovered his first career fumble and took it into the end zone for a touchdown vs. Arizona after a Thomas DeCoud blitz on quarterback Willie Tuitama jarred the ball loose … snared a key interception at Oregon in the fourth quarter when the Ducks were driving and threatening to score … also recovered a fumble against USC ... earned the Brick Muller Award as the team’s most valuable defensive lineman.
2006: Stepped into the defensive line rotation as a true freshman ... saw action in all 13 games, including his first career start against Oregon State ... registered 16 tackles, fourth on the defensive line ... tallied a season-high six tackles (three solo) against UCLA and added five takedowns (two solo) in his college debut at Tennessee.

PERSONAL: Full name is Tyson Asi Alualu … born May 12, 1987 … parents are Ta’avao and Levaa’i Alualu ... he and his wife, Desir√©, have a son, Tyre√©, and a daughter, Dereon ... has seven sisters, Taimane-Ruta, Tanya, Tasia, Tatiana, Timena, Trinity and Trust, and one brother, Tupu ... relatives who have played college football include uncle Tupu Alualu (Hawai’i), and cousins Ben Alualu (Arizona) and Tyrone Alualu (Laney College) … lives by the motto “God first, and everything else will fall in place” ... major is Ethnic Studies.

Hoomanawanui, Mike
Height: 6-4
Weight: 267

Collegiate Accomplishments
2009: Played in eight games, starting five … Had one catch, but it was his career-long, a 30-yarder in the season finale against Fresno State … Returned to play against Cincinnati, but did not record any catches … Missed the Northwestern, Minnesota and Michigan games with an ankle injury … Had two catches for 18 yards at Purdue … Returned after missing two games with an ankle injury to start against Indiana, but didn’t record any catches … Missed three quarters of the Penn State game and the Michigan State game with an ankle injury … Had two catches for 13 yards at Ohio State … Caught three passes for 51 yards against Illinois State … Had one catch for two yards in the season opener vs. Missouri.
2008: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the media and coaches … Played in all 12 games and started eight at tight end … Caught two passes for 21 yards in the season finale at Northwestern … Had two receptions for 13 yards against Ohio State … Caught four passes for 45 yards against Western Michigan … Had a 25-yard reception at Wisconsin … Caught a one-yard TD pass against Indiana … Caught two passes for 33 yards against Minnesota … Had two receptions for 23 yards at Penn State … Caught a career-high five passes for a career-high 74 yards against Lousiana-Lafayette … Caught two passes for 24 yards against Eastern Illinois … Had three receptions and a touchdown for 48 yards versus Missouri … Also returned an 18-yard kickoff against Mizzou.
2007: Played in 11 games, starting five at tight end … Caught one pass for 20 yards against Northwestern … Caught a three-yard touchdown pass at No. 1 Ohio State … Caught one pass for 12 yards at Iowa … Returned a kickoff 16 yards at the end of the first half against No. 5 Wisconsin … Hauled in his first career touchdown pass at Indiana, a two-yard connection with Juice Williams … Caught the first pass of his career at Syracuse, a 27-yard strike on third down.
2006: Played in 10 games, starting three at tight end … Caught a pass to convert a two-point conversion vs. Purdue … Saw action against Northwestern, Purdue, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Syracuse, Rutgers and Eastern Illinois but did not record any offensive statistics.

High School Accomplishments

Chicago Tribune first-team All-State … Chicago Sun-Times first-team All-State … PrepStar All-Midwest Region … Champaign News-Gazette All-State … Bloomington Pantagraph All-State… First Team All-Cornbelt Conference … WJBC-AM Ron Smith Player of the Year … Three-star recruit, ranked as the No. 40 tight end in the country by … Made 50 receptions for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior … Also, led team with 139 tackles and eight sacks on defense … Lettered in basketball during freshman, sophomore and junior years … High school coach was Bobby Moews … Chose Illinois over Purdue, Northern Illinois and Oregon State.

Personal Information

Full given name is Michael Patrick Hoomanawanui … Born July 4, 1988 … Son of Anne and Isy Hoomanawanui … Has one sister … Father played football for Illinois State… Majoring in sport management.

Iupati, Mike
Height: 6-5
Weight: 325

Iupati (pronounced ee-YOU-PAH-tee) earned consensus All-American honors this season after being named to the first team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He was also named to the Sporting News’ second team All American squad.
An Outland Trophy finalist and first team All-WAC selection, Iupati helped the Vandals claim just the second bowl victory in program history—a 43-42 win over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. He didn’t allow a single sack all season and graded out at 90 percent or better in all 13 games.

Lauvao, Shawn
Arizona State
Height: 6-3
Weight: 301


ASU: Powerful offensive lineman who was an anchor of ASU's line over the last three seasons...played in every game over the last three years, finishing his career with 33 consecutive starts...played a total of 42 games over his four-year career...saw action at both guard and tackle...made 17 starts at left guard, 12 at left tackle and four at right tackle.

2009: Started all 12 games at left marked the second straight season he started every game...was one of two offensive linemen to start every game during the season, along with guard Jon Hargis, and one of just six players overall to do so in 2009...earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors, the second straight year he received all-conference recognition...served as a team captain, along with defensive end Dexter Davis and linebacker Mike Nixon...helped the Sun Devils reduce their number of sacks allowed from 34 in 2008 to 27 in 2009...helped block for running back Dimitri Nance, who ran for a career-high 795 yards on the season with the first three 100-yard rushing games of his career.

2008: Started all 12 games, the first eight at left guard and then the last four at right tackle...was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection...began the season as one of only two Sun Devil offensive linemen with previous starting experience, along with fellow guard Paul Fanaika...helped protect ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who started all 12 games during the won three straight games after he made the move to right tackle, beginning with the game at Washington on Nov. 8...Devils ran for season-high 182 yards in Lauvao's first start at right tackle.

2007: Played in all 13 games, with nine starts...became the starting left guard in Week 5 at Stanford, and held that position for the remainder of the season...helped block for an ASU rushing attack that had three players surpass 500 yards rushing each on the season (Keegan Herring, Ryan Torain and Dimitri Nance)...was the youngest of the seven Sun Devil offensive linemen that started during the season, breaking into a rotation that also included five seniors and one junior.

2006: Appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman...made his Sun Devil debut in the season opener against Northern Arizona...also competed against Nevada, Stanford, Washington State and at Arizona...earned Hard Hat Player recognition for his work in the team's winter strength and conditioning program.

2005: Redshirted as a member of the scout team...earned the McBurney Scout Team Award, given annually to ASU's most outstanding offensive scout team player.

: A 2005 graduate of Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii...rated as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Hawaii, regardless of position, by as the No. 35 offensive guard in the nation by ... as a senior, made first-team all-state as an offensive lineman by the OIA...named second-team all-state by The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu Star-Bulletin...was a two-time team captain...received a certificate of recognition from the Hawaii chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame for his efforts as a an outstanding student and athlete...placed second in the Hawaii Strong Man Competition when he was 16 (16-18-year-old age bracket)...won the 2005 Hawaii Strongest Teen competition in April...lists that as one of his most exciting sports experiences...bench presses 420 pounds, squats 500 and power cleans 300...lettered five times in football and once in track and field...threw the shot put and discus for the first time as a senior...two-time Farrington High Scholar-Athlete of the Year...selected to play in the Hawaii Classic All-Star football game...was the captain of the east team at that all-star a junior, made first-team all-state OIA and was honorable mention all-state by The Honolulu Advertiser and The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... honor roll student who sported a 3.8 grade-point average in high school...was coached by Randall Okimoto.

PERSONAL: Graduated in December 2008 with a BIS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies...parents are Sisifo S. Lauvao Jr. and Faumuiana Lee Lauvao of Honolulu...both of his parents work for the state of Hawaii department of collections...has three siblings: Alesana, Penina and Samuel...his cousin, Saute Sapolu, played defensive end at ASU from 1985-88...enjoys running, weight lifting, movies and church activities...born Oct. 26, 1987 in Honolulu...full name is Shawn Sisifo Lauvao.

Misi, Koa
Height: 6-3
Weight: 244

UTAH: Two-time all-MWC player may be the best defensive lineman in the Mountain West Conference … has played in all 37 games and started in 35 since joining Utah as a sophomore JC transfer … 24.5 career tackles for loss … best suited for end, he can also play tackle, where he started in 2007 … very strong (can squat 545 pounds) and athletic (36” vertical jump) … fastest U. defensive lineman also led the position in the spring agility tests.
2009–First-team all-MWC … started 11 games at defensive end (missed the first game due to injury) … 65 total tackles and 5.9 tackles per game is more than any defensive lineman in the MWC … fourth on the team in total tackles … tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (8.0) and ranks second on the team in sacks (4.5) … 10th in the MWC in sacks per game (0.41) … leads the league in fumbles caused per game (0.27) and is tied for the league lead in total forced fumbles (three) … named MWC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2 against Wyoming with eight tackles and two sacks … season-high 12 tackles against Air Force … forced fumbles against TCU, Louisville, Colorado State.
2008–Second-team all-conference … started all 13 games – 12 at end and one (Air Force) at tackle … 68 total tackles led Utah’s linemen and ranked third overall … 8.5 TFL and six pass breakups ranked third on the team … led Utah with three forced fumbles (tied for the third-most in the MWC) … forced a fumble against BYU that led to a score … also had six tackles and two pass breakups vs. BYU … tied career-high with nine tackles against Air Force, including two for loss … eight tackles in back-to-back games against Colorado State and New Mexico … one and a half sacks against Michigan … two pass breakups against Oregon State … won Utah’s defensive Iron Ute award.
2007–Played in all 13 games and started the last 11 … played defensive end for the first two games, moving to tackle when injuries struck … third on the team in tackles with 67 … leading tackler on the line also had 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries … season-high nine tackles in bowl win over Navy … eight tackles, including two sacks, and a fumble recovery against UCLA … seven stops versus Utah State … six tackles against New Mexico and UNLV … recovered a fumble and returned it 28 yards against New Mexico … academic all-MWC.

PRIOR TO UTAH: First-team all-conference defensive end helped Santa Rosa Junior College to a division title and a bowl invitation … two-time first-team all-conference player for Montgomery High School (Calif.) … Defensive Player of the Year … Montgomery went 13-0 in 2005 and won the league title … also lettered in baseball and basketball … honor roll student.

PERSONAL: Son of Kathy Moix, Sione Misi and stepmother Melissa Misi ... father played football for Hawaii … one sister … enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding … sociology major … name is pronounced ko-a mee-see … full name is Nawa’akoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi … born Jan. 17, 1987.

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