Iosefa And Ott On Polynesian Player Of The Year Watch List
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Cal's Muelu Iosefa and Jaydn Ott were named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List announced Thursday by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2022 season progresses.
Five finalists for the 2022 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award will be unveiled on December 1 and the winner will be announced December 15. The presentation of the Award will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Celebration Dinner (January 21, 2023) at the Sheraton Waikiki, and they will also be recognized during the Polynesian Bowl (January 20, 2023).
Below are notes on Iosefa and Ott with extended bios available by clicking on their names.
Muelu Iosefa, ILB, 6-3, 230, Jr., 3rd Season At Cal (Waipahu, HI/Mililani HS)
— Has played in 14 career games with 12 starts and contributed 70 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss (-19 yards), one fumble recovery, four quarterback hurries and one pass breakup
— Recorded career highs for tackles (59), tackles for loss (7.0), tackle for loss yards (-19) and quarterback hurries (4) as a 2021 sophomore, while his lone career fumble recovery and pass breakup both came during his 2020 true freshman campaign
— Started all 10 games he played in and was third on the team in both tackles and tackles for loss as a 2021 sophomore, while his four quarterback hurries were second on the squad with all categories career highs
Jaydn Ott, RB, 6-0, 205, Fr., 1st Season At Cal (Chino, CA/Norco HS/Bishop Gorman HS)
— A preseason All-Pac-12 fourth-team selection by Phil Steele prior to his 2022 freshman campaign
— Played 23 prep games over two seasons at Norco High School as a 2018 freshman and 2021 senior, while also spending two campaigns at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas in 2019 and 2020 without playing
— Rushed for 2236 yards and 30 touchdowns as a prep on 265 carries for averages of 97.2 yards per game rushing with 12 100-yard rushing games and 8.4 yards per carry, while adding 17 receptions for 228 yards and one touchdown, as well as one kick return for 16 yards for a total of 2480 all-purpose yards
— Earned MaxPreps Big XIII League Back of the Year honors as a 2021 senior when he rushed for 1140 yards and 17 touchdowns on 114 carries for a 10.0 yards per rush average, while adding 11 receptions for 154 yards as well as his lone career prep kick return for 16 yards (all career highs) and both of his career two-point rushing conversions
— Rushed for 1096 yards and 13 touchdowns on a career-high 151 carries for a 7.3 yards per rush average, while adding six receptions for 74 yards and his lone career touchdown reception as a 2018 freshman to earn MaxPreps Freshman All-American honors