Two Vanderbilt linemen (but not Tua Tagovailoa) make Polynesian player watch list

Tua Tagovailoa
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Tua Tagovailoa may be the SEC’s most high-profile player with a Polynesian background, but two Vanderbilt players are the ones on a national watch list.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has selected Vanderbilt center Sean Auwae-McMoore and defensive lineman Nifae Lealao to its watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award.

Auwae-McMoore, a redshirt freshman center, and Lealao, a senior defensive lineman, are expected to see some regular action this season for the Commodores.

One big name that isn’t on that watch list, though, is Tua Tagovailoa.

The Alabama freshman quarterback and former five-star recruit was chosen last year for the Polynesian Bowl, a showcase for the nation’s top high school players of Polynesian origin.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, now with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, won the inaugural award in 2014.

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