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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa football team placed eight members on the Mountain West’s all-conference teams as selected by a panel of media and the league’s 12 head coaches.

Offensive lineman Ilm Manning and tight end Caleb Phillips were named to the first team, while offensive lineman Micah Vanterpool was picked to the second team. Five Rainbow Warriors earned honorable mention—defensive lineman Blessman Taʻala, running back Dedrick Parson, defensive lineman John Tuitupou, running back Tylan Hines and defensive back Peter Manuma.

Manning concludes his career having earned all-conference honors three times after being named an honorable mention in 2021 and picked to the second team in 2019. Vanterpool was an honorable mention last season.

Ilm Manning, offensive lineman

  • Five-year starter who started all 13 games at left tackle in 2022
  • Started 60 of 62 career games
  • Had 100 knockdown blocks on the year and a season grade of 90%
  • Anchored offensive line unit that surrendered only 10 sacks in Mountain West play
  • A three-time academic all-Mountain West honoree

Caleb Phillips, tight end

  • Ranked second on the team, with 31 receptions
  • Led all Mountain West tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards (317)
  • Had three receiving touchdowns
  • His 138 yards receiving against New Mexico State were the third-most by a tight end in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) this season and the most by a UH tight end in more than 50 years
  • Caught at least one pass in 9 of 13 games this season

Micah Vanterpool, offensive lineman

  • Three-year starter who started all 13 games at right guard
  • Started 28 of 46 career games
  • Only offensive lineman in the conference and one of 14 in FBS to not allow a sack this season in at least 500 pass blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus
  • One of two offensive linemen nationally without a penalty in at least 900 snaps played according to Pro Football Focus

Blessman Taʻala, defensive lineman

  • Started all 13 games at defensive tackle
  • Did not miss a game in five seasons appearing in all 64 games, starting 51
  • Led all UH defensive linemen with 40 tackles (17 solo) in addition to 5.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks
  • Seventh-highest graded interior defensive lineman in the Mountain West according to Pro Football Focus

Dedrick Parson, running back

  • Team’s leading rusher with 830 yards on 187 carries and averaged 4.4 yards per carry with a team-leading 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing, 1 receiving)
  • Also led the team with 994 all-purpose yards (830 rushing, 171 receiving)
  • Scored a touchdown in 8 of 13 games with three multi-TD games
  • Three 100-yard rushing games, including a season-high 136 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns against Nevada
  • Team’s third-leading receiver with 30 receptions

John Tuitupou, defensive lineman

  • Started all 13 games at defensive tackle
  • Had 30 total tackles (16 solo) and led the team with 3.5 sacks
  • Also had one forced fumble and one blocked kick
  • Graded No. 9 overall by Pro Football Focus among Mountain West interior defensive linemen

Tylan Hines, running back

  • True freshman ranked second on the team with 634 yards rushing on 83 carries
  • Averaged 7.6 yards per attempt, which ranked No. 2 nationally among freshmen
  • Tied for sixth among freshmen running backs nationally with seven runs of 20+ yards
  • Season-high 103 yards on 11 carries versus Wyoming
  • Had nine catches for 82 receiving yards

Peter Manuma, safety

  • True freshman ranked third on the team with 70 tackles (40 solo)
  • Had 3.0 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles
  • Only freshman in the country with multiple INTs, a sack and at least 70 tackles
  • Career-high 10 tackles each against San Diego State and Colorado State
  • Posted two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble against Wyoming.

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