That annual award goes to the top down lineman end to end, offense or defense. Linebackers are eligible if they line up five yards or less off the ball.
The preliminary list comes from being a first-team all-conference player last season. The list will be added to once the preseason honors come out.
Paea was a first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection last season, and won the Morris Trophy as the best conference defensive lineman voted on by the offensive linemen.
He had 43 tackles, three quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles last season.