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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

All Big Sky Poly Selections

Eight Polynesians were selected to the 2006 Big Sky's All Conference Football First and Second teams. In addition, eight others were selected Honorable Mention. Portland State Guard Brennen Carvalho (Kapa'a, Kaua'i/Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama) and Idaho State Inside Linebacker Pago Togafau (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach CC/Utah/Long Beach Poly) are repeat selections on the first team. Carvalho is pictured left. UCLA transfer CJ Niusulu of Portland State (Barstow, CA/UCLA/Barstow HS) was selected to the first team at Defensive Tackle and Weber State Return Specialist Bryant Eteuati (Layton, UT/Northridge HS) was the fourth Polynesian on the first team.

Rounding out the second team were four Samoans, three from Sacramento State: Tyson Butler (Atwater, CA/Bishop O'Dowd), Dallas Mauga (San Diego, CA/Grossmont JC/Helix HS), and Cyrus Mulitalo (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS). Montana State Outside Linebacker Epikopo King (The Dalles HS, OR) helped lead his team this weekend's DI-AA quarterfinal game versus Appalachian State and was also a second team selection last season. King is doubtful for this weekend's game with a knee injury.

Honorable Mention selections include Idaho State's Viliami Akoteu and Atelea Raass (Nampa ID, Skyview HS), Montana State's Louis Saucedo (Paramount HS, CA) and David Siataga (Sacramento, CA/Sacramento CC/Valley HS), Northern Arizona's Jon Toailoa (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach CC), and Weber State's Marcus Mailei (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS), Max Moala (Salt Lake City, UT/Murray HS) and Pate Moleni (West Valley City, UT/Utah/Hunter HS).

Idaho State
Pago Togafau (pictured left): Led the Bengals in tackles for the third year in a row with 116 tackles (39 solo) and was second in the league in tackles. Also had 8.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
Viliami Akoteu:Had 19 tackles (5 solo) and 2 sacks after transferring from Laney College (CA).
Atelea Raass: Was second on the team with 85 tackles (35 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. Raass was also a second team All Conference selection in 2005.

Montana State
Epikopo King (pictured left): Was second on the team with 63 (26 solo) tackles this season, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
Louis Saucedo: The starting right guard helped his team run for nearly 1500 yards (1494) and 11 touchdowns and 2750 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.
David Siataga:Nose tackles had 39 tackles (10 solo), 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.

Northern Arizona
Jon Toailoa (pictured left): Starting guard helped lead his team fun for 1283 yards and 2506 yards passing in first year after transferring from Long Beach CC (CA).

Portland State
Brennen Carvalho: Has started since his redshirt freshman season at left guard.
Zach Niusulu (pictured left): Defensive tackle is coached by Saga Tuitele. Finished the season with 28 tackles (13 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, and 1 safety.

Sacramento State
Tyson Butler (pictured left): Was second on the team with 78 tackles (28 solo), 10 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups, and 2 fumble recoveries. Was a 2nd Team All Conference Selection in 2005.
Dallas Mauga: Transfer from 2005 JC Champion Grossmont, had 40 tackles (10 solo), 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble.
Cyrus Mulitalo: Led the league in tackles with 120 (56 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Weber State
Bryant Eteuati (pictured left): Missed the last three games of the season after suffering a knee injury on October 28 @Montana State. Still, he had 19 kickoff returns for an average of 27.9 yards per return and had a 100 yard kickoff return against league champion Montana. He also had 26 punt returns for an average of 12.1 yards per return with a long of 47.
Marcus Mailei: Starting fullback scored 5 touchdowns this season and 367 total yards this season.
Max Moala:Was third on the team with 55 tackles (19 solo), 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.
Pate Moleni:The transfer from Utah, finished the season with 40 tackles (21 solo) and 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 pass break up, and 1 quarterback hurry. Moleni was fourth in the league in sacks.

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