Farmer, Jolivette Get Free-Agent Tryouts

May 4, 2004

Wildcat running back Clarence Farmer and cornerback Michael Jolivette signed deals in the past week to try out as free agents with the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, respectively, after no Arizona players were taken in the NFL draft April 24-25.

Farmer, 6-0 and 231 pounds, led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2001 with 1,299 yards. He missed much of 2002 with a knee injury and played in eight games last year before being dismissed from the team by interim coach Mike Hankwitz.

Farmer closed his career No. 6 on Arizona's all-time rushing chart with a total of 2,530 yards. He scored 19 touchdowns in 33 games and hit the 100-yard mark 11 times including a best of 158 yards on 32 carries at Arizona State in 2002.

Jolivette, 5-9, 180 pounds, is Arizona's career leader with 44 passes broken up, plus had 12 interceptions in his career. He, too, missed much of 2002 with a knee injury.

He became a regular after redshirting the 1999 season, and finished 19th nationally with five interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2000, earning The Sporting New Freshman All-America honors.

Arizona has had 152 players drafted by NFL teams since 1939, but other free agent signees have been successful including offensive lineman Kevin Barry (Green Bay), a two-year NFL veteran.

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