Tua Tagovailoa to attend Polynesian Bowl, serve as honorary captain

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who announced Monday he will forego his final year of eligibility at Alabama and enter the 2020 NFL Draft, will serve as one of two honorary captains and attend the 2020 Polynesian Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Aloha Stadium.

Tagovailoa and Iowa’s AJ Epenesa, who was named the defensive player of the game at the inaugural Polynesian Bowl in 2017, will be the two honorary captains and attend pregame festivities.

Rosters for the game will be chosen on Monday. For a list of players currently slated to play in the game, click here.

A total of 25 players from Hawaii high schools had previously been selected to the game. Saint Louis linebackers Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig, Mililani defensive lineman Shane Kady and Kahuku cornerback Kaonohi Kaniho are no longer listed.

Punahou’s Hiram deFries-Saronitman and Hilo’s Kilohana Haasenritter have been added to the 2020 list of players selected.

Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and former South Carolina and Florida coach Steve Spurrier who serve as the two head coaches in the game.

Kickoff is 7 p.m.


  1. Salamander January 8, 2020 2:46 pm

    Hi you deeks that accepted an invite and then cancelled out. That could have been some other kid who could have been invited. Don’t be so selfish to accept next time.

  2. SLH '80 January 8, 2020 3:45 pm

    Salamander – how do you know that the schools that any of these young men have accepted scholarships to play collegiate football, have been “encouraged” to avoid participating in these types of all-star games, or are injured or have already left the islands having already enrolled and are attending classes ? Don’t believe that it’s selfish, nor do I believe that you should hide how you feel by intentionally misspelling the third word in your post

  3. ??? January 9, 2020 10:00 am

    @ Salamander
    You ever heard of “Early Enrollees”?
    They need to prepare & report this month to college so why rush & risk injury !

  4. Just wondering January 13, 2020 10:34 pm

    Does the change in WSU/UH coaches mean anything for the kids that had scholarships with those teams?

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