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Virginia Tech’s Andrew Motuapuaka (25) stops Pitt’s Darrin Hall (22) at the line of scrimmage during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday, Nov. 18 2017. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) 11/19/2017: Virginia Tech’s Andrew Motuapuaka (25) stops Pitt’s Darrin Hall (22) at the line of scrimmage during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday, Nov. 18 2017. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

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Virginia Tech senior linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

Motuapuaka, a third-team All-ACC selection who is of Tongan ancestry, has 85 tackles and 3.5 sacks going into the No. 22 Hokies’ appearance in the Camping World Bowl against Oklahoma State on Dec. 28.

The other four finalists are Oregon State linebacker Manase Hungalu, Washington State defensive lineman Hercules Mata’Afa, Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai and Washington defensive lineman Vita Vea.

The Award has been presented since 2014, when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the inaugural winner. This year’s recipient will be announced on Dec. 12, 2017. The winner we be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend Jan. 19 and 20 on Oahu, Hawaii.

This article originally ran on richmond.com.

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