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Bitonio to represent Wolf Pack in Senior Bowl

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Nevada Wolf Pack offensive lineman Joel Bitonio will play for the South team in Saturday's Senior Bowl.

The annual game features the top senior players in the country and will be played at Ladd-Pebbles stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game has been in Mobile every year since 1951. The first senior Bowl was played at Florida's Gator Bowl in 1950.

Bitonio, who played in 52 games for the Wolf Pack with 38 starts over the past four seasons, is one of nine offensive lineman on the South roster along with Bryan Stork (Florida State), Travis Swanson (Arkansas), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State), Wesley Johnson (Vanderbilt), Jon Halapio (Florida), Billy Turner (North Dakota State) and Moses Morgan (Virginia).

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Bitonio was born in San Pedro, Calif., and graduated from Wilson High in Long Beach. He joined the Wolf Pack program as a red-shirt freshman in 2009. He was a backup in 2010 and started every game for the Pack from 2011-13.

The North team will be coached by the Atlanta Falcons staff and the South team will be coached by the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bitonio will be joined on the South team by, among others, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, San Jose State quarterback David Fales and BYU defensive lineman and McQueen High graduate Kyle Van Noy.

Bitonio will be the sixth Wolf Pack player to appear in the Senior Bowl after John Dutton and Deshone Myles in 1998, Colin Kaepernick in 2011, James-Michael Johnson in 2012 and Duke Williams last year. Dutton, Myles, Kaepernick, Johnson and Williams were all drafted into the NFL the following April.

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