Hawaii football: Rojesterman Farris to Atlanta Falcons, JoJo Ward to Arizona Cardinals

Hawaii defensive back Rojesterman Farris II (4) hauled down the whole field for a touchdown after an interception during the fourth quarter against the Army Black Knights on Nov. 30. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

Ninety minutes after quarterback Cole McDonald was selected by the Tennessee Titans, former UH teammate Rojesterman Farris II reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Farris said he welcomes being reunited with Mayur Chaudhari, who was the Warriors’ special teams coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Chaudhari is on the Falcons’ staf. Farris served several roles on speciality units when he was not being used as a shut-down cornerback.

Farris, who amassed 54 tackles while playing in all 14 regular-season games in 2019, can be used as a corner, nickelback or on special teams.

Farris said he awaits further notice. In non-pandemic times, rookies report to a team’s mini camp within two weeks of the draft. He said he will learn more after he formally signs.

Wideout JoJo Ward reached a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

“Arizona was on me every day,” Ward said. “I talked to the head coach (Kliff Kingsbury) on the phone. He’s a Texas guy. … It will be exciting to play for a guy like him.”

At Texas Tech, Kingsbury was noted for the Air Raid attack. Kingsbury was hired as Arizona’s coach last year. Ward, who grew up in Waco, Texas, said he will be used as an inside receiver.

In two UH seasons, he averaged 17.2 yards per reception, with 67.2% of his 116 receptions resulting in first downs.


  1. wafan April 25, 2020 3:47 pm

    ‘Attaway, Ro and Ward!

  2. One Sr. April 25, 2020 3:58 pm

    Great to see former warriors get an opportunity to play in the NFL. Best wishes to Cole, Rojesterman, and Jojo. Seems like a good fit offensivley for Cole and Jojo. I also hope that Bird gets an opportunity to play somewhere.

  3. H-Man April 25, 2020 4:24 pm

    Really happy for these two guys.

  4. Darren Fong April 25, 2020 10:02 pm

    Good to see former Hawaii players get in the NFL and representing our school and our state.

  5. WarriorNY April 26, 2020 6:46 am

    Not sure if anyone posted this… Cole gets the call… Let’s go!


  6. WarriorNY April 26, 2020 6:49 am

    I’m surprised Byrd didn’t get a deal. Does he have interest from anyone?

  7. maurice April 27, 2020 3:58 pm

    who is Cedric Boyd II from Hawaii with signing with Arizona Cardinals…..could this be Cedric Bird?

  8. islandman April 28, 2020 7:54 am

    Zach Daniel transferring per @rivalsportal

  9. HawaiiRainbows888 April 28, 2020 9:46 am

    Please confirm who was signed because on this list it says Cedric Boyd ll who i assume is Cedric Byrd but the report are Jojo signed. Did Cardinals sign both recievers?



  10. Whitey April 28, 2020 10:48 am

    I guess this quarantine will take it’s toll on Warriors athletics. Very hard to walk on with no financial support. Best wishes to Zac where ever his travels will take him and hope he finds happiness and satisfaction.

  11. Matt April 28, 2020 3:53 pm


    At this point, the amount of games cancelled from the softball, baseball and men’s volleyball programs have cost us dearly. 20 from baseball, 6 from men’s volleyball, and 12 from softball.

    The only thing that can at least keep our programs’ sports hopes around is if we can somehow get football and women’s volleyball games have sold out seats in all their home games, either that or have 3/4 of attendance at the games. Hope is pretty much fading for our programs, especially since we got hit pretty hard from the COVID-19 pandemic. If football ends up moved to spring, it’s just not going to be any way, shape or form, good for the schools. Spring already has baseball, softball, men’s volleyball, and men’s/women’s basketball going on around that same time frame. There’s no way I’m wanting to go to a football game with such crowded schedules packed within those sports schedules.

    The NCAA wanted college football to be moved into spring when this thing started. That right there is signs of the NCAA signing their souls to the devil. No way is this far for any of the other sports to take a backseat with football in the frame.

    At this point, I’m concerned what will happen from here on out. Hopefully after the end of next month, we’ll have an answer.

  12. seewhy April 28, 2020 6:22 pm

    Congratulations to our new Bows in the pros! 🎉

  13. ai-eee-soos April 29, 2020 12:18 pm

    A Cole McDonald high light reel – look for it, at he end of his paragraph.


  14. islandman April 30, 2020 11:38 am

    Add Wbb’s Myrrah Joseph to the transfer portal

  15. Matt May 1, 2020 11:36 am


    Oh man…we’re seeing so much Spring Cleaning out of the WBB program. First Edwards, then Johnson, followed by Rewers, now Joseph entering? Jeez…who knows who else could be heading out of the WBB program…

  16. Whitey May 1, 2020 1:46 pm

    Like the old adage, grass appears greener on the other side but but but but

  17. DaveLetterMan May 1, 2020 7:23 pm

    RIP Coach Kaipo Spencer

  18. amela May 2, 2020 8:06 am


  19. NorthShoreFan May 2, 2020 5:16 pm

    Sad not to get to see Zach in action….good luck to him….belated

  20. Whitey May 5, 2020 10:27 am

    Everyone in Hawaii should take a bow for keeping COVID 19 under control and trying their best to adhere to guidelines. Also the stores and restaurants should be applauded for staying open, serving the public, keeping their employees on payroll, and using their money to stay in business. The closing of businesses during this time is very sad and it hurts the community. Keep up the good work and hope. All of our UH STUDENTS are healthy and ready to go back to school.

  21. Matt May 5, 2020 3:45 pm


    What should be of worry is the attendance of the fall sports. 38 cancelled spring sports games cost us dearly, and especially if we’re to keep our sports floating on the surface financially. If the football stadium doesn’t attract a ton of people to the games, we could see a giant deficit hit us bit time. Especially the women’s volleyball games, because we got back to being ranked. Finding a giant crowd on hand at the SSC will be a huge difference maker. I just hope the fall sports can pick up the pace financially.

  22. islandman May 5, 2020 5:11 pm

    21. Have to see if there will be any fall sports and if so, for how many games or matches and with or without fans allowed to attend.

  23. Whitey May 6, 2020 8:54 am

    I hope football practice starts on schedule and first game is as scheduled. This is a new Warrior team and everyone will know the excitement of the new coaching philosophies and game planning. GO WARRIORS.

  24. NorthShoreFan May 6, 2020 3:10 pm

    Was good to hear from Tsikos from around the country. Pretty soon pau and pray for UH football….imua gangee!

  25. Matt May 7, 2020 12:10 pm

    Well…good news for the football team. Stovall looks like will be given a second chance to rejoin with the football team by Todd Graham’s approval. Strange to consider especially after what Rolo did by releasing him after the Air Force game. Now our receiving corp is on lock and load with him, Victor, Noa, Smart, Mardner and Phillips on hand. Of course, we do have some solid newcomers coming in Quin Bright, Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala, Riley Wilson, Zion Bowens, and Calvin Turner. I wonder how many WRs we could be seeing utilized in Todd Graham’s Run-and-Gun offense.

  26. Inyoface May 7, 2020 10:30 pm

    Wonder if fall camp will be twice as long this year starting in July

  27. H-Man May 10, 2020 10:59 am

    Maybe we can think of a 5-game season; all games at Aloha Stadium – Nevada, New Mexico St, Boise St, New Mexico Lobos and UNLV. With the low attendance, it should be easy to maintain the 6-ft social distance amongst the fans. I think checking visiting players and staff is manageable. Fly in the ointment is whether those schools will have reopened and organized to play a modified season.

  28. Matt May 11, 2020 10:23 am


    That’s just asking for UH athletics to sell their soul to the devil. Singling our football program to only 5 games is unfair and a pedestrian thing to do. All the other schools might as well do that as well if we’re to do something like that.

    We’re already facing a financial hole and we deserve better than this!

    What needs to happen is that we can’t give up hope and pray that at least a vaccine will be ready before college football does their fall training camp and begins their seasons. Just giving up shows weakness and allowing the coronavirus fears to grow.

  29. Lowtone123 May 13, 2020 3:57 pm

    Cards did sign Cedric Byrd II WR Hawaii.

  30. H-Man May 21, 2020 6:43 pm

    I was trying to suggest a way for UH to retain revenue if many teams/conferences decide to cancel games. California State universities said their schools won’t open for the fall semester. No one knows exactly how it will all play out. Either they’re going to have a season or refund my money for paid season tickets. No, it’s not going to be a donation.

    Rachaad White committed/signed with Arizona State.

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