HAWAII GROWN: OSU’s Hungalu is Pac-12’s best

Oregon State linebacker Manase Hungalu returned an interception for a touchdown earlier this season. Photo courtesy Oregon State Athletics.

Oregon State senior Manase Hungalu, who was featured in last week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Grown Report, was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week today.

Hungalu, a 6-foot-1, 238-pound inside linebacker from Kealakehe, recorded a career-high 20 tackles in a 37-23 loss to California on Saturday.

The 20 tackles in a game are the fourth-most in an NCAA FBS game this year and the fourth-most by a Beavers player in school history.

His 13 solo tackles are also the third-most in the NCAA FBS this season.

Hungalu is averaging nine tackles a game this season and is one of three players in the Pac-12 ranking in the top 20 in tackles, passes defended and interceptions per game.

This is the first Pac-12 player of the week honor for Hungalu and the first for an Oregon State player in a conference game since 2013.


  1. rrforlifebaby November 6, 2017 1:29 pm

    Good for this kid. Congratulations!!

  2. Sam Papalii November 6, 2017 7:07 pm

    Congrats Manase, you’ve made your family, Kealakehe football (sr yr 2012 last BIIF for Riders)) PROUD keep it going with the Beavers! 🤙🏽

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email hawaiiprepworld@staradvertiser.com.