In unique twist, Polynesian Bowl holds draft to announce team rosters

1/7/17 12:40:40 PM -- San Antonio, TX, U.S.A -- East quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (12) scrambles for yardage as he is pressured by West defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. -- Photo by USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 135880 Army All-America 1/7/2017 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, shown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, also will play in the Polynesian Bowl (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

To announce the rosters for the inaugural Polynesian Bowl on Saturday in Hawaii, game officials hosted a draft party with team captains Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans and Ronnie Stanley of the Baltimore Ravens) announcing their picks.

It’s a unique twist in how rosters are generally released for all-star or All-America events and the players and their families enjoyed the change.

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The Polynesian Bowl features high school seniors and will be played on the enshrinement weekend for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Up to 75 percent of the 84 players in the game are of Polynesian ancestry, with players from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa, with the other 25 percent of other ancestries.

Among the players involved are QBs Dylan McCaffrey (a Michigan commit) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama commit), as well as defensive linemen A.J. Epenesa (Iowa commit), Marlon Tuipolotu (Washington commit) and a host of other top recruits.

The rosters are below as provided by the game:




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