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Monday, November 26, 2007

Polynesians selected to All Big Sky Team

The following Polynesians (Samoans, Tongans, Hawaiians) have been selected to the All Big Sky Football Team. The first team included repeat and unanimous selections Brennan Carvalho of Portland State and Weber State's Bryant Eteuati. In addition Eteuati was selected Second Team wide receiver and also Second Team special teams player. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cameron Higgins (St Louis School, Honolulu, HI) was also selected Big Sky Newcomer of the Year for Weber State. In 10 games Higgins passed for 1721 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns.

First Team
Center: Brennan Carvalho (Portland State)
Senior Brennen Carvalho (Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama, Kapa'a, Kaua'i, HI) was coming off an All-American junior season, but made the switch from guard to center this year. The move was successful, as he earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors for the third straight year. Carvalho started 39 consecutive games for the Vikings.

Fullback: Marcus Mailei (Weber State)
Return Specialist: Bryant Eteuati (Weber State)
Defensive Line: Bryce Scanlon (Weber State)

Mailei (Highland HS, Salt Lake City, UT) a junior fullback was primarily used as a blocking back, ran for 42 yards on 21 carries and caught 17 passes for 135 yards. Eteuati (Northridge HS, Layton, UT) averaged 28.6 yards a kick return and had 1 TD and also averaged 10.6 a punt return and had 2 touchdowns. Scanlon (Evanston HS, WY) a transfer from Utah finished the season with 49 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.

Defensive Line: Dallas Mauga (Sacramento State)
Linebacker: Cyrus Mulitalo (Sacramento State)

Dallas Mauga (Grossmont JC/Helix HS, San Diego, CA) and Cyrus Mulitalo (Arroyo HS, San Leandro, CA) were key to helping Sacramento State lead the conference by limiting Big Sky foes to 99.1 rushing yards per game. A two-year starter, Mauga was a second team selection
After earning second team all-Big Sky honors last season, Mulitalo was named to the first team after pacing the team with 98 total tackles. The junior also ranked second on the squad with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks. Against Big Sky teams, Mulitalo was tied for eighth in the league with four sacks and tied for fourth with 11.0 tackles-for-loss.

Second Team
Wide Receiver: Bryant Eteuati (Weber State)
Had 46 receptions for 646 yards and 4 TDs as a slot receiver.
Linebacker: Epikopo King (Montana State)
Senior linebacker from The Dalles HS, Oregon was selected 2nd Team All Big Sky for the 3rd Year in a Row.
Special Teams: Bryant Eteuati (Weber State)

Honorable Mention
Eastern Washington's Jason Belford (DE) and Makai Borden (LB), Idaho State's Viliami Akoteu (DT), Northern Arizona's Jonathan Toailoa (C), Weber State's Cameron Higgins (QB)

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