Players

Joel Bitonio
OL #75
Height:
6-4
Weight:
305
Age:
23
College:
Nevada
Hometown:
San Pedro, CA
Experience:
2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 16 16
2014 CLE 16 16
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @PIT L 27-30
2 NO W 26-24
3 BAL L 21-23
5 @TEN W 29-28
6 PIT W 31-10
7 @JAC L 6-24
8 OAK W 23-13
9 TB W 22-17
10 @CIN W 24-3
11 HOU L 7-23
12 @ATL W 26-24
13 @BUF L 10-26
14 IND L 24-25
15 CIN L 0-30
16 @CAR L 13-17
17 @BAL L 10-20

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Biography

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by Cleveland in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

At a Glance:

Last name is pronounced buh-TONE-ee-oh.

Appeared in 51 games at Nevada with 38 starts, opening 26 games at right tackle before starting all 12 at left tackle as a senior.

Credited with allowing just two sacks on 821 pass attempts.

Served as team captain as a senior.

Late father, Mike, was a mixed martial arts bareknuckle fighter in the early 1990’s.

Career Highlights:

Started three years at Nevada, two at right tackle and one at left tackle…Appeared in 51 career games…Named team captain as a senior…Two-time Academic All-Conference selection…In his first three seasons (one as a reserve, two starting at right tackle), helped block for a rushing attack that ranked in the top eight nationally in yards per game…Started all 12 games at left tackle as a senior…Credited with allowing just two sacks on 821 pass attempts… Earned a 3.25 grade point average as an economics major.

2013: Named a team captain…Selected to The NFL Draft’s All-America second team…Earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors as a senior…Started all 12 games at left tackle, while playing beside three different left guards…Finished with 117 key blocks/knockdowns, including 10 on the second level…Led the nation with 30 TD-resulting blocks, opening up lanes to the end zone on 18 of the team’s 23 rushing TDs…On 415 pass plays, surrendered only one sack from his edge. 

2012: Received first team All-Mountain West accolades as a right tackle…Recorded a conference-best 132 key blocks/knockdowns for an offense that averaged 514.9 yards per game, which ranked first in the MWC and eighth in the nation…Finished with 28 TD-resulting blocks, including blocks that came on 23 of the team’s 41 rushing TDs…Blocked for a rushing attack that ranked seventh in the nation (271.0 yards per game)…Allowed one sack and one quarterback pressure on 406 pass plays.

2011: Earned a starting spot at right tackle in an offense that led the MWC and ranked sixth in the nation in yards per game (506.7)…Blocked for a rushing attack that amassed 247.54 yards per game, finishing eighth nationally.

2010: Played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman…Saw action as a reserve, primarily at right tackle…Part of an offense that ranked fourth in the FBS by averaging 519.1 yards a game…Helped block for a rushing attack that led the Western Athletic Conference and finished third in the nation (292.21 rush yards per game).

2009: Redshirted as a freshman…Earned the offense’s Full Speed, Effort and Habit Award, given to the team’s top scout team player of the year.

High School: Attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, Calif…Lettered in football, basketball and track…Named Moore League Lineman of the Year, in addition to all-league and all-state honors as a senior…Named to the Long Beach Telegram’s Dream Team for football and basketball during his senior year…Earned All-Moore League laurels in basketball after averaging 12.3 points a game and leading the league with 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior center…Member of the school’s Academic Honor Roll.

Personal: Given name is Joel Michael Bitonio…Last name is pronounced buh-TONE-ee-oh…Born in San Pedro, Calif…One of three children…Has a brother, Lucas, and a sister, Kate…Late father, Mike, was a mixed martial arts bareknuckle fighter in the early 1990’s…Worked on the maintenance staff for campus dormitories while a student at Nevada…Community Involvement: Spent time reading to local elementary school students and spoke to middle school athletes about the importance of academics…Also served food to the local homeless, as well as at an aging center on Nevada’s campus…Hobbies/Interests: Likes going to the beach and visiting Lake Tahoe…Enjoys reading sports and war novels…Enjoys watching the Food Network.

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by Cleveland in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

At a Glance:

Last name is pronounced buh-TONE-ee-oh.

Appeared in 51 games at Nevada with 38 starts, opening 26 games at right tackle before starting all 12 at left tackle as a senior.

Credited with allowing just two sacks on 821 pass attempts.

Served as team captain as a senior.

Late father, Mike, was a mixed martial arts bareknuckle fighter in the early 1990’s.

Career Highlights:

Started three years at Nevada, two at right tackle and one at left tackle…Appeared in 51 career games…Named team captain as a senior…Two-time Academic All-Conference selection…In his first three seasons (one as a reserve, two starting at right tackle), helped block for a rushing attack that ranked in the top eight nationally in yards per game…Started all 12 games at left tackle as a senior…Credited with allowing just two sacks on 821 pass attempts… Earned a 3.25 grade point average as an economics major.

2013: Named a team captain…Selected to The NFL Draft’s All-America second team…Earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors as a senior…Started all 12 games at left tackle, while playing beside three different left guards…Finished with 117 key blocks/knockdowns, including 10 on the second level…Led the nation with 30 TD-resulting blocks, opening up lanes to the end zone on 18 of the team’s 23 rushing TDs…On 415 pass plays, surrendered only one sack from his edge. 

2012: Received first team All-Mountain West accolades as a right tackle…Recorded a conference-best 132 key blocks/knockdowns for an offense that averaged 514.9 yards per game, which ranked first in the MWC and eighth in the nation…Finished with 28 TD-resulting blocks, including blocks that came on 23 of the team’s 41 rushing TDs…Blocked for a rushing attack that ranked seventh in the nation (271.0 yards per game)…Allowed one sack and one quarterback pressure on 406 pass plays.

2011: Earned a starting spot at right tackle in an offense that led the MWC and ranked sixth in the nation in yards per game (506.7)…Blocked for a rushing attack that amassed 247.54 yards per game, finishing eighth nationally.

2010: Played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman…Saw action as a reserve, primarily at right tackle…Part of an offense that ranked fourth in the FBS by averaging 519.1 yards a game…Helped block for a rushing attack that led the Western Athletic Conference and finished third in the nation (292.21 rush yards per game).

2009: Redshirted as a freshman…Earned the offense’s Full Speed, Effort and Habit Award, given to the team’s top scout team player of the year.

High School: Attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, Calif…Lettered in football, basketball and track…Named Moore League Lineman of the Year, in addition to all-league and all-state honors as a senior…Named to the Long Beach Telegram’s Dream Team for football and basketball during his senior year…Earned All-Moore League laurels in basketball after averaging 12.3 points a game and leading the league with 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior center…Member of the school’s Academic Honor Roll.

Personal: Given name is Joel Michael Bitonio…Last name is pronounced buh-TONE-ee-oh…Born in San Pedro, Calif…One of three children…Has a brother, Lucas, and a sister, Kate…Late father, Mike, was a mixed martial arts bareknuckle fighter in the early 1990’s…Worked on the maintenance staff for campus dormitories while a student at Nevada…Community Involvement: Spent time reading to local elementary school students and spoke to middle school athletes about the importance of academics…Also served food to the local homeless, as well as at an aging center on Nevada’s campus…Hobbies/Interests: Likes going to the beach and visiting Lake Tahoe…Enjoys reading sports and war novels…Enjoys watching the Food Network.

 

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