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Washington State center Fred Mauigoa named to Polynesian Award watch list

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Frederick Mauigoa is shown during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at WSU. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Frederick Mauigoa is shown during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at WSU. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Washington State center Fred Mauigoa was one of 16 players in the Pac-12 Conference named Thursday to the watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award.

The most recent winner of the award, of course, is ex-Cougar standout defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa, who claimed it after a memorable junior season in which he led the Pac-12 in sacks and tackles-for-loss.

Mauigoa finds his name on the watch list for the first time. The Iliili, American Samoa, native became the Cougars’ starting center last season, replacing Riley Sorenson, and started in all 13 games as a sophomore. WSU finished the 2017 with the country’s second-best passing offense.

Other Pac-12 players were Utah’s Bradlee Anae, Lo Falemaka and Leki Fotu, Stanford’s Brandon Fanaika, USC’s Jordan Iosefa, Toa Lobendahn, Vavae Malepeai and Brandon Pili, Washington’s Benning Potoa’e, UCLA’s Boss Tagaloa, Cal’s Kanawai Noa, Oregon’s Austin Faoliu and Oregon State’s Guz Lavaka, Noah Togiai and Kalani Vakameilalo.

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