Iowa concluded its 2018 regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-4 record in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes, thanks to its play, were awarded with playing in the Outback Bowl against No. 18 Mississippi State. Before that takes place, though, awards must be handed out. It’s that time of year.
On Thursday, and award wasn’t given to Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa, but he was named a finalist. Take a look:
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The Polynesian Player of the Year Award is presented annually to a college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity. Epenesa, a sophomore, is a finalist along with Notre Dame’s Alohi Gilman, Oklahoma’s Dru Samia, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Hawaii’s John Ursua.
Epenesa leads the Big Ten this season with 9.5 sacks (along with teammate Anthony Nelson) and has 15.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 3 pass break-ups.