July 23, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior safety Brian Suite has been named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Wednesday.
The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award is presented by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It is awarded annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
Suite is one of 12 Mountain West players and one of six representing the state of Utah on the list.
Entering his senior season, Suite is also a first-team preseason all-Mountain West selection by Phil Steele, a second-team preseason all-Mountain West selection by Athlon Sports and on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
Suite, a 6-3, 205-pounder from Honolulu, Hawaii (Punahou HS) earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a junior as he ranked fourth on the team with 77 total tackles (37-solo, 40-assist) and had six or more tackles in eight games. He finished the season ranking first on the team, fifth in the Mountain West and 41st in the nation with five total interceptions (0.36 ipg), tied for first on the team in fumbles recovered with two and tied for fourth on the team with six pass breakups.
Suite was also named to both the SI.com and CBSSports.com all-Bowl Team following Utah State's 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as he tied his season-high with 11 tackles, to go along with a fumble recovery and interception.
The winner of the 2014 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 9. Five finalists will be unveiled Nov. 20. The formal presentation will be at the Celebration Dinner during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on Jan. 23, 2015.
The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2014 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which is composed of past college football head coaches Dick Tomey, LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt, past NFLPA president and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae and Hawai'i sportscaster Robert Kekaula.
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