Hawaii football: JoJo Ward receives Hula Bowl invitation

Receiver JoJo Ward became the fourth Rainbow Warrior selected to the 2019 Hula Bowl, joining cornerback Roe Farris II, rush end Kaimana Padello, and receiver Cedric Byrd. / Graphic courtesy Hula Bowl

The Warriors’ best deep threat — right wideout JoJo Ward — has been invited to play in the new version of the Hula Bowl in January.

Ward leads the UH regulars in yards per catch (14.9). He also has a team-high six catches of 25-plus yards. Seventeen of his 28 receptions have resulted in first downs. Ward has six TD catches.

Hula Bowl director Rich Miano said Ward was an easy choice because of his “ability to run linear. He’s extremely fast. He can get high-option balls. He’s tough over the middle.”

Miano added: “I think he’s a legitimate prospect to continue to play this game. At what level remans to be seen.”

UH rush end Kaimana Padello, right slotback Cedric Byrd and cornerback Rojesterman Farris II were previously extended invitations to the bowl.

The Rainbow Warriors arrived in Boise this morning in advance of Saturday’s game against 14th-ranked Boise State.

The Warriors had a walk-through session this afternoon at a local high school.

Albertson Stadium will be the site for Saturday’s Mountain West game between Hawaii and Boise State. / Photo by Stephen Tsai


  1. azwarrior22 October 10, 2019 9:02 pm

    Beat the Donks !

  2. haka October 10, 2019 9:07 pm

    “So you have to ask yourself, “Is this the year? Is this the year? You better BELIEVE this is the year!!!”

    Go Warriors!
    Beat Boise!

  3. izzy October 10, 2019 10:09 pm

    [Pomai]: THIS is the year!
    Us guyz- 54, Dem guyz- 10

    Overall: 5-1
    MW (West): 2-0
    Pac-12 (Far West): 2-1
    Homecoming: 3-0

  4. Casual Observer October 10, 2019 10:52 pm

    The blue field is really a distraction and an advantage, even if slight, for the home team. Yet, most any visiting team would not admit, rather seeking to believe in their own abilities. Remember when Colorado State painted the visiting locker room pink? I think it was in the Wagner era. Still, this UH team has a good chance of coming home with a victory because they are playing well on both sides of the ball, hopefully Metzkell gets out of his funk, and the coaching staff is maturing along with the team. More over, they beat two Pac 12 teams to prove their level of competitiveness. Additionally, the team has depth in terms of playing time and talent. And finally, with a young O line playing so well, what do you do with Eletise when he’s available?

  5. H-Man October 11, 2019 2:46 am

    I found an appropriate song for the Broncos. It is as follows:
    “Blue on Blue
    Bobby Vinton

    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    Blue on blue now that we are through
    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    And I find I can’t get over losing you…”

    We’ll just change the last line to…”And I find I can’t get over losing (to) you”

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid October 11, 2019 5:19 am

    Good morning gangeez! Great news for the Warriors!


    Warriors will break the Broncs on their own field!


  7. Da Punchbowl Kid October 11, 2019 5:22 am

    Happy for Jojo and the rest of the Warrior Hula Bowl invitees! Time for that win over the Donks!

  8. tom-warriornation October 11, 2019 6:10 am

    CONGRATS TO JOJO and Michael Eletise-will he be starting?

    Come join our Road Warrior group at games at UNLV; and sit with other UH fans and families of our current players at the 40-50 yard line right behind our beloved Warriors; with the families of Cole McDonald, Jason-Matthew Sharsh, Gene Pryor, Kanai Picanco, Derek Thomas, Ben Scruton, Justice Augafa etc. And let’s spoil their homecoming like we did at Reno!

    Our group is 500+ at UNLV; and come join our tailgates and meet your fellow diehard fans!

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

    or Text me 415-324-0585

  9. Stephen Tsai October 11, 2019 6:17 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=51470

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