The University of Hawaii-Manoa 2014 Fall Commencement was held on December 20, 2014 at the Stan Sheriff Center. We’re proud to announce the student-athletes listed below who received their undergraduate diplomas.
The Na Koa Football Club underwrites 100% of the cost of the players’ attending summer school including tuition and fees, books, and housing. All players are required to remain on campus and attend two sessions of summer school in order to maintain eligibility and to graduate on-time.
Thank you for donating to Na Koa to make graduation for these student-athletes possible and CONGRATULATIONS graduates!!
Kody Afusia, Sociology
Nick Childs, History
Dustin Elisara, Sociology
Calen Friel, Family Resources
Taylor Graham, Finance and International Business (double major)
Tony Grimes, Sociology
Tyler Hadden, Communications (major), Business (minor)
Jeremy Higgins, Sports Psychology
Joey Iosefa, Sociology, Samoan Language (certificate)
Marcus Langkilde, Family Resources
Dave Lefotu, Family Resources
Frank Loyd, Finance and Management (double major)
Dee Maggitt, Political Science
Marcus Malepeai, Family Resources
Joshua Manapuna, Pacific Islands Studies
Michael Martin, Sociology
Daniel Masifilo, Sociology
Jordan Pu’u Robinson, Communications
Moses Samia, Sociology
Sean Shigematsu, Management
Kanakalele Silva, Kinesiology & Rehab Science
TJ Taimatuia, Sociology
Beau Yap, Sociology
Offensive lineman Ben Clark garnered the offensive player of the Year for the second time in three years.
Defensive lineman Beau Yap was named the defensive player of the year award for the second straight year.
Kicker Tyler Hadden earned the special teams player of the year award.
The Scout Team Award winners were freshmen running back Ryan Tuiasoa and offensive lineman Tavita Eli on offense and freshmen defensive lineman Ka’aumoana Gifford and linebacker Tumua Tuinei on defense.
2014 Award Winners
Alec Waterhouse Most Valuable Player Award: Scott Harding
Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Clarke
Defensive Player of the Year: Beau Yap
Special Teams Player of the Year: Tyler Hadden
Scout Team Awards: Ryan Tuiasoa & Tavita Eli (offense) and Ka’au Gifford & Tumua Tuinei (defense)
While the game came down to the last play, Clune pointed out how every play was important and why assignment responsibility and tremendous effort on every play is so important to winning a game.
After Scott Harding muffed a punt deep in our territory in the second quarter, several plays keep us in the game. Beau Yap beat an offensive tackle on a slant and stuffed a running play forcing UNLV to attempt a field goal. Then Kennedy Tulimasealii and Moses Samia pushed UNLV’s left guard back on the field goal attempt and Samia was able to block the kick. Without those plays happening in the second quarter, the final play wouldn’t have mattered.
Asked about Tuliamasealii, Clune said the UNLV game was his best so far. He can get better, but is maturing quickly.
Having Julian Gener finally back from his injury really helped the defense especially against the run.
Nick Nelson is a true freshmen corner and they are high on him. He’ll learn from his mistakes.
Fresno’s offense is more balanced than last year since Derek Carr and most of his receivers graduated. They are running the ball well and have played much better late in the season.
On defense they are looking for a blend of JC and high school recruits. They are about 2/3rds done with commitments.
Head coach Norm Chow also spoke to the gathering reiterating his appreciation for the support of Na Koa’s members.
Chow talked about the last two plays of the game. On the second to last play, Ikaika Woolsey missed tight end Tui Unga on a 4 Verticals play. The play is designed for the WRs to run fade routes, one of the inside receivers to run a seam route and the other inside receiver to run a post. Unga ran the post on the second to last play and Woolsey missed.
Woolsey wanted to run the 4 Verticals play again, so on the last play they kept the same formation but flipped the inside routes. Donnie King ran the post, but was double covered. Woolsey saw that and looked for Marcus Kemp who had posted up his defender for the game winning pass.
Chow said he was so happy for the players to be rewarded for their efforts. He talked about King who as a walk-on who had to catch a bus from Kapolei every day to get to practice. It was so gratifying for Chow that King could play a big part in the win making the 22 yard reception on the last drive.
With a slim chance to get into the Mountain West Championship game, Chow said they can only focus on controlling what they can control. That is beating Fresno at Fresno.
Chow said one year when he was with the Tennessee Titans, nine things had to happen for the Titans to get into the playoffs. Eight happened but the Titans didn’t win their game and they didn’t make the playoffs. A lesson learned that he will make sure our team understands.
Written by: Mike Lum