Vote for Hawaii natives Mariota, Alms in 2015 ESPY Awards

Local News
marcus mariota AP player of year_73586

Hawaii’s own Marcus Mariota may be on his way to collecting even more trophies.

Even though he’s suited up with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL, Mariota’s magical 2014-2015 college season continues to draw accolades.

On Wednesday, the former Oregon Ducks quarterback was nominated for an ESPY Award in the Best Male College Athlete category.

The Honolulu native is up against Frank Kaminsky, Jack Eichel, Logan Stieber and Dansby Swanson.

The winner will be selected by a panel of experts along with fan online votes.

The Saint Louis graduate tied fellow local boy Manti Te’o with the most decorated single season in college football history in 2014-2015, taking home seven major college football awards, including the Heisman Trophy.

He led the Ducks to their second-ever national championship appearance.

Mariota is not the only Hawaii athlete to be nominated.

Local big-wave surfer Paige Alms is up for Best Female Action Sports Athlete.

“I was fortunate to grow up in Hawaii surrounded by some of the best waves in the world and I’m so humbled to represent our state and our big-wave surfers at the ESPYs,” said Alms. “This nomination is bigger than me – it’s about a growing field of women, often unnoticed, who charge big waves and are charting the future for our sport. And it’s about what is possible when you work hard, reach higher, and chase your dreams.”

In January, Alms became the first woman to get barreled at Peʻahi (“Jaws”), Maui, one of the biggest and most intimidating waves in the world. She was recognized in May with the XXL’s Women’s Best Performance Award.

Alms is also the subject of “The Wave I Ride,” a new documentary which premiered at the Maui Film Festival on June 7.

Voting ends on July 15, when the 2015 ESPY Awards will be announced.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories