JoJo Ward Touchdown (cropped)

Receiver JoJo Ward catches a touchdown pass at the back of the end zone against Oregon State on Sep. 7

Ka Leo Player of the Week is back! For his performance in the team’s win against the Oregon State Beavers, senior receiver JoJo Ward has been named the inaugural player of the week for the 2019 season.

Ward was unstoppable against the Beavers on Saturday night, collecting 189 receiving yards on 10 receptions for four receiving touchdowns, all of which were career highs for him. His four touchdowns tied both a Mountain West and a Rainbow Warrior single-game record. Other ‘Bows who have achieved the feat include Chad Owens (twice), Ryan Grice-Mullens, Jason Rivers, Chris Gant, and Cedric Byrd II.  

Quarterback Cole McDonald looked for Ward early and often, as three of the duo’s touchdowns came in the first half. Ward’s four touchdown receptions went for a distance of 29 (twice), 35, and 5 yards. The second 29-yard touchdown tied the game up at 28 points apiece. Hawaiʻi went on to pick up the 31-28 victory over the Beavers.

Before the season began, Ward was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list along with teammate Byrd. The Biletnikoff Award is given to the best receiver in college football annually. Ward was also named to the Earl Campbell Award watch list. The Earl Campbell Award honors the top offensive player in Division I football, with the caveat that the player had to have been born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a junior college or four-year Division I college based in Texas. Before transferring to Hawaiʻi, Ward played at Tyler Junio College in Tyler, Texas.

Following the Oregon State game, Ward was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, marking the second week in a row a ‘Bows receiver has been selected. Byrd was selected following Hawaiʻi’s week zero win against Arizona.

Honorable Mentions

Skyler Williams (Wahine Volleyball)

Williams excelled during the Heineken Rainbow Wahine Invitational, racking up 32 kills. She set a new career-high mark against Army West Point with 13 kills, before putting down a perfect 9 kills in 9 swings against Sacramento State. Following the tournament, Williams was named the Wahine Invitational Most Valuable Player

Jolie Rasmussen (Wahine Volleyball)

Rasmussen put down a team-high 34 kills in the Invitational, while also coming up with 22 digs. Rasmussen finished with two double-doubles and was selected to the all-tournament team.

Bailey Choy (Wahine Volleyball)

Choy showed a great performance in setting up her teammates, finishing with 69 assists in the Invitational. She also led the team with 36 digs, picking up her first UH double-double in the process. Choy joined Rasmussen in being selected to the all-tournament team.