Tagovailoa named Gatorade POY

Tua Tagovailoa is the first Gatorade Player of the Year from Saint Louis since Marcus Mariota. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Tua Tagovailoa is the first Gatorade Player of the Year from Saint Louis since Marcus Mariota. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The awards keep coming for Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa, who led the Crusaders to the Open Division state championship this year, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the Hawaii football season.

Tagovailoa is now able to select a national or youth sports organization to donate $1,000 to and can up the haul to $10,000 if he is the national winner of an essay contest.


Tagovailoa, who is committed to Alabama, will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.


Previous School Winners
2010-11: Marcus Mariota, QB
2000-01 : Pesefea Fiaseu, RB
1999-00: Timmy Chang, QB
1996-97 & 1997-98: Jason Gasser, QB
1994-95: George Omellas, WR, RB
1993-94: Vavae Tata, DT
1992-93: Viliami Maumau, NG
1989-90: Tupu Alualu, RB
1986-87: Manly Williams, LB


Tagovailoa told Chris Kirschner of SECcountry that he is happy for Lane Kiffin getting the Florida Atlantic head coaching job but he remains 100-percent committed to Alabama. New Oregon coach Willie Taggart was in town to see Tagovailoa, but Tua said he mostly wanted to talk with his cousin, uncommitted Kapolei DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa.

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