Nick Wagner, Deseret News
Utah defensive tackle Filipo Mokofisi lays out to tackle Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins during game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Arizona leads Utah 14-12 at halftime. Mokofisi is one of 14 players with local ties who was included on the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watch list announced Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today the 2017 Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, with several local collegiate athletes included on the list. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.

Past winners of the award include former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won the award in 2014, and former Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, who won the award last season.

BYU, Utah and Utah State have a combined 12 players included with the 48 players on the watch list.

Those from BYU are linebackers Butch Pau'u and Francis Bernard; linemen Corbin Kaufusi and Tuni Kanuch, along with tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau. Utah's portion of the list comprises of linemen Lowell Lotulelei, Filipo Mokofisi and Salesi Uhatafe, along with linebackers Kavika Laufatasaga and Sunia Tauteoli. Utah State's two inclusions are linebacker Justus Te'i and defensive lineman Ian Togiai.

Other local products included on the list are Michigan's Bryan Mone (Highland High School) and Nevada's Gabriel Sewell (Desert Hills.)

The winner of the 2017 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award will be announced on Dec. 14. Five finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 30. The presentation of the award will be held at the Celebration Dinner during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on Jan. 21, 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii.