Fajardo, Hekking earn offensive and defensive honors, respectively.
Nevada 2013: Returns for his senior season and will be one of the top offensive linemen in the Mountain West ... Has started 26 consecutive games entering his senior season ... Named preseason All-Mountain West second team by Phil Steele ... Also named to the preseason All-Mountain West second team by Athlon. 2012: Emerged as the best offensive lineman on the team along with fellow tackle Jeff Nady ... Named honorable mention in 2012 All-Mountain West voting ... Earned three of the team's Big Blocker Awards for best performance by a lineman in a victory (Northwestern State, Hawaii, Wyoming) ... Paved the way for the seventh-best rushing attack in the nation at 271.0 yards per game and the nation's second-leading rusher in Stefphon Jefferson (144.85) ... Part of a total offensive attach that was eighth in the nation at 514.85 ... Named to Preseason All-MW Second Team by College Football Madness ... Named to Preseason All-MW Third Team by the Phil Steele. 2011: Stepped in and started all 13 games at one of the tackle positions for the Union ...Was a key force in leading the way for the fifth-best offense in the nation ...Earned Basalite Big Blocker honors for his performance against UNLV. 2010: Emerged as a redshirt freshman to be a valuable reserve on the Union ... Played throughout the regular season as a tackle and on some special teams ... Saw action in all 14 games. 2009: Redshirted his first season in the program but made the travel squad for the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl ... Won the Offense's Full-Speed, Effort and Habit Award as the Scout Team Player of the Year.
High School A graduate of Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson Classical High School ... Was a three-year letterman for coach Mario Morales ... Was a two-sport star as a three-year letterwinner in basketball as well ... As a senior, was named to the Long Beach Telegram's Dream Team for football and basketball ... Was a two-time all-league selection and was the Moore League Lineman of the Year as a senior ... Was a first-team all-conference selection and was named second-team all-state by maxpreps.com ... Also lettered in track as a senior and led the league in the shot put.
Personal Born Joel Michael Bitonio on Oct. 11, 1991 in San Pedro, Calif. ... Son of Debbie and the late Mike Bitonio ... Has an older sister, Katie, and a younger brother, Lucas ... Is majoring in civil engineering ... Sports hero is Kobe Bryant ... Choose Nevada because of the direction of the program, the atmosphere and the academic reputation of the school ... Was also recruited by Fresno State and San Jose State, among others ... Enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, listening to music and going to the beach in his free time.