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BYU Football: Five Cougars land on POY watch list

Travis Tuiloma celebrates after a play against Texas.
Travis Tuiloma celebrates after a play against Texas.
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Today the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List was revealed and the BYU Cougars landed five players on the list, the most of any team. The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year is presented each year to the most outstanding Polynesian player based on ability and integrity. Last year, the inaugural year, the winner was former University of Oregon Quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

The Cougars that made their debut on the list are Tuni Kanuch, Bronson Kaufusi, Ului Lapuaho, Manoa Pikula, and Travis Tuiloma. The award will be given out on December 8th, 2015. For the complete list click here.

Tuni Kanuch is a sophomore Offensive Lineman for the Cougars and was named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent Second team. He came out of high school as the 6th ranked recruit in Utah by Scout.com. He played in 12 games as a freshman after redshirting in 2013.

Bronson Kaufusi is back for his senior season after playing in all but two games since 2012. Last year he recorded 34 solo tackles and nine assisted for a total of 43. Seven of those tackles were sacks and another 4.5 were tackles for loss. Last year he added seven QB hurries, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovered. He now has two fumbles forced in his career and two fumbles recovered in addition to his one interception that was returned for a touchdown in his sophomore season.

Ului Lapuaho is a sophomore Offensive Lineman for the Cougars and was named to the Phil Steele Midseason All-Independent Team his freshman year. He played in 11 games for the Cougars and started eight as a freshman. He can boast that he was part of an offensive line that helped the Cougars average more points than any BYU offense since 2001.

Manoa Pikula is a senior Linebacker for the Cougars and was named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team for 2015. He has played in all but one game and last year recorded 49 tackles with two of them being for loss. He also had one interception and five pass break-ups.

Travis Tuiloma is a junior Defensive Lineman that has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list and the Nagurski Trophy watch list. He also earned Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent Second Team honors for the 2015 season. Last year he played in all 13 games, just like he did as a freshman, and recorded 27 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two QB hurries.

Good luck to our Cougars as they strive for success!