Joel Bitonio becomes fourth Wolf Pack alum to make AP All-Pro team

Joel Bitonio
Joel Bitonio was named All-Pro second team. (Cleveland Browns)

Nevada Wolf Pack alum Joel Bitonio didn't quite get enough votes to make his first Pro Bowl team this season, but he received an even higher honor Friday morning.

The Cleveland Browns' fifth-year player was named a second-team AP All-Pro at left guard. The Colts' Quenton Nelson was named first-team All-Pro at left guard.

Bitonio is the fourth Wolf Pack alum to make an AP All-Pro team, joining RB Marion Motley (first team in 1950), DE Charles Mann (second team in 1987 and 1991) and DE Doug Betters (first team in 1983). Nevada alums Harvey Dahl, Brock Marion and Brandon Marshall also have garnered votes for the team in previous season.

Bitonio had an excellent rookie season in 2014 before injury-shortened 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He returned to start all 16 games in 2017 before doing the same this season. The Browns also had more success, posting a 7-8-1 record after going 1-31 the previous two seasons. The 2018 record was the franchise's best since 2007 when it went 10-6.

The Browns toyed with playing Bitonio at left tackle this season to replace future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas, who retired in the offseason, before eventually plugging him back at his left guard position, where he has played since he made his NFL debut.

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