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Local QB to join UNLV football team as walk-on

Faith Lutheran’s Joe Portaro accounted for 34 touchdowns in 2010

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Justin M. Bowen

Faith Lutheran High quarterback Joe Portaro will walk-on with the UNLV football team. He passed for 2,871 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2010.

Quarterback Joe Portaro, who passed for 2,871 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2010 for Faith Lutheran High, will be a preferred walk-on with the UNLV football team.

Portaro, a first-team All-Northwest Division selection, had multiple touchdown passes in eight of the Crusaders’ 10 games. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns, averaged 43 yards a punt and had three field goals.

Despite the solid numbers, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Portaro was lightly recruited.

He said he feels he’ll eventually receive a chance to compete for playing time at UNLV. The Rebels have four quarterbacks on scholarship, including two from this year’s signing class — junior college transfer Sean Reilly will compete for a starting job, and Nick Sherry of Casa Grande High in California is a highly touted freshman.

“I like the way they run practice,” Portaro said. “They don’t like to rest at all. They are running constantly.”

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  1. Work hard and good things will pay off. No one's job should ever be set in stone, scholarship or not, one guy wins the spot over the others.

  2. Good luck Joe.

  3. Walkons for both the football and basketball teams have a good track record at UNLV. Good luck Joe.

  4. I've watched this kid play ball since 8th grade at Faith. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to now cheer him on at UNLV. Aaron Rodgers did not receive any big offers it was his dedication and determination that got him where he is today.
    Super Bowl XLV MVP? Rodgers spent his freshman year of college at Butte Community College in Oroville, California, the rest is history. There are many kids, Joe that like you just have to go out and show them why even coaches make the wrong choice. I believe you made the right choice...go get em. You can do this because you have the same drive and determination that Aaron has. I've seen it time and time again. I'll be cheering you on in the stands.

  5. Oh BTW Omar Clayton was a walk on.

  6. I watched this young man play in several games this year, and it is astonishing to hear he didn't receive a scholarship. I've watched high school football in this town for a long time, and he is the best quarterback I've seen in this town. I hope UNLV gives him a fair shot, he is an outstanding player.

  7. I think the preferred walk-on status would indicate he will get his opportunity