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USC's Talanoa Hufanga Named Polynesian College Football Co-Player Of The Year

Jan 12, 2021

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USC junior safety Talanoa Hufanga, a consensus All-American first teamer and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was named the 2020 Polynesian College Co-Player of the Year.

The award, presented annually by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, recognizes the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry who epitomizes great ability and integrity.

Hufanga, who is the first Trojan to win the award since it was first presented in 2014, shared the award with BYU quarterback Zach Kapono Wilson.

The formal presentation of the award will be held at the 2022 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner on Jan. 21, 2022, along with being recognized during the 2022 Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 22, 2022.

Hufanga led USC in tackles (62), interceptions (4) and forced fumbles (2) in 2020 and had 3 sacks. He had 17 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in USC's season-ending win at UCLA this year. He ranks third nationally in interceptions (0.7), 16th in forced fumbles (0.3) and 19th in tackles (10.3). He had an interception in 4 consecutive games this season, the first Trojan to do so since 1996. He is a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and was a semifinalist for the Witten Award.

In his career, he made 203 tackles. After the 2020 season, he declared for the NFL Draft.

As a 2017 senior at Crescent Valley High in Corvallis (Ore.), he was the inaugural Polynesian High School National Player of the Year and played in the Polynesian Bowl.