SAN JOSE -- San Jose State's Travis Johnson was named one of four Capital One Academic All-District 8 defensive linemen.

Johnson, the active career leader in sacks among Football Bowl Subdivision players with 30.0, met the nomination criteria by possessing a minimum grade-point average of 3.30, having at least one year at SJSU and being an important member of the Spartans team.

The senior kinesiology major from The King's Academy-Sunnyvale is in the top 10 in the country in both tackles for loss with 17.0 and sacks with 11.0. His 30 career sacks ties the SJSU and Western Athletic Conference career records.

The Spartans have three games left on their regular season schedule and a potential bowl game to give him more opportunities to take sole possession of those records.

Johnson advances to the national ballot with an opportunity to be named an Academic All-American. He's one of 32 players on the ballot.

  • Wide receiver Jabari Carr and defensive back Damon Ogburn Jr. will travel with the team to Las Cruces, N.M., for Saturday's game with New Mexico State, although it's uncertain if they'll play.

    Carr has experienced neck soreness after taking a hit to the head in the Spartans' win over Idaho. He did not suffer a concussion. Compounding the issue is that Carr has dealt with a cold this week. He did not practice Thursday and figures to be a game-time decision.

    "We're going to make sure he's OK," MacIntyre said. "He didn't have a concussion, but you just want to make sure there's nothing there. It's not worth the chance. Right now, we feel like he can go. We'll take him and we'll see how he's feeling game day."

    Ogburn has missed the past three games with a strained hamstring, suffered against Utah State. He travelled and suited up against Idaho, but didn't see action. He was available in an emergency situation in that game.

    "We're taking him and if he keeps feeling good, he'll get some playing time," MacIntyre said.

    Ogburn's absence may be most noticeable on special teams.

    "His best attribute is kickoff coverage and punt coverage," MacIntyre said of his starting cornerback. "He's a great corner, but he's a difference maker (in special teams). I don't know if I'd like to run him down on hopefully a few kickoffs and a few punts too many times."

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