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BYU Honors Fallen Hawaii Player Prior To Kickoff Of Bowl Game

Dec 24, 2019, 5:47 PM | Updated: 5:52 pm
WEST POINT, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:   Hawaii Warriors linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa (41) prior to the Col...
WEST POINT, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Hawaii Warriors linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa (41) prior to the College Football Game between the Army Black Knights and the Hawaii Warriors on September 15, 2018 at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Sometimes it’s more than a game. Prior to kickoff of the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, the BYU football team honored former Hawaii football player Scheyenne Sanitoa.

Back in July, Sanitoa passed away and the cause of death was never released. While playing for Hawaii, Sanitoa wore number 41.

As a tribute to Sanitoa, BYU placed flowers at the 41-yard line on the Aloha Stadium field.

BYU’s Community Relations Director tweeted out, “In loving memory of University of Hawaii linebacker #41 Scheyenne Sanitoa. The [r]ivalry that is more than just a football game. #Ohana means [f]amily. GO COUGS”

Back in 2016, BYU did a similar tribute when they traveled to play Michigan State in East Lansing. Two Spartans players had died in a car accident and prior to kickoff in a game that BYU won, the Cougars placed flowers down at the yard lines of the player’s jerseys.

BYU and Hawaii are playing in the 2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (MST). The game is televised on ESPN with the radio broadcast on the legacy home of the BYU Cougars, KSL NewsRadio.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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