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Ohio State defensive tackle, Haskell Garrett, has been named one of seven finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, according to a release on Thursday. The award is presented annually to a college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
“(The award) showcases the tremendous impact of our Polynesian student-athletes in college football,” Polynesian Football Hall of Fame chairman, co-founder, and inductee Jesse Sapolu said in a statement. “We congratulate the finalists on an incredible season and look forward to following their continued success.”
Garrett, out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, tallied 22 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2021. He had an opportunity to enter the NFL draft after last season but made the decision to return to the Buckeyes for a fifth year. He was named AP second-team All-American in 2021 and was recognized as an All-Big Ten first-teamer this fall.
“To be a finalist in this pole is special to me because it’s my heritage and what I represent daily, Garrett said in a statement. “To shed light for young Polynesian kids that they can reach the same heights as me and higher, Alofa Ai Samoa.”
To be a finalist in this pole is special to me because it’s my heritage and what I represent daily. To shed light for young Polynesian kids that they can reach the same heights as me and higher, Alofa Ai Samoa🇦🇸🙏🏾 https://t.co/Xunqa9gF1Q
— Haskell Garrett (@HaskellGarrett_) December 17, 2021
The other six finalists are Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, Minnesota offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, Oklahoma State running back Jaylen Warren, Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell, Utah defensive end Mika Tafua, and Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura.
The winner of the award will be announced next Wednesday, December 22.