RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada’s Joel Bitonio, a senior offensive tackle, has been named a semifinalist for NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Bitonio has started 31 consecutive games for the Wolf Pack and was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selected last year. He’s been selected to the conference all-academic team three years in his career.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators