The Warrior Beat

Big Island RB joins Warriors

July 29th, 2014

There will be another Joey in the Warriors' backfield this training camp.

Joseph "Joey" Pacheco, a Big Island resident who played at Hartnell College last year, has joined the Warriors as a walk-on.

photo-7"I love that kid," Hartnell coach Matt Collins said. "I think he'll be a guy, they'll realize, who brings something to the table."

Collins said the speedy Pacheco was mostly a receiver, but he also can play running back, a position he will be used with the Warriors. He has two years to play two UH seasons.

Pacheco is listed at 5 feet 7 and 185 pounds, but Collins noted, "he's a great blocker. That's one of the things most impressive about him. He brings tenacity to the blocking game. He's a got a hell of a motor. He good on the stop-and-go. He's a complete player."

Collins said  Pacheco's best game was in last year's Living Breath Foundation Bowl. It came two weeks after he suffered a concussion and a week after suffering a separated shoulder. But Pacheco played well, Collins said, and "he had a nail-in-the-coffin touchdown catch on a screen."

Pacheco, who earned an associate degree, had a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

"He's an under-sized and over-achieving player," Collins said.

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