SAN JOSE -- San Jose State senior defensive end Travis Johnson was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.
Johnson, a King's Academy-Sunnyvale product, tied a school-record and career-high with four sacks in the Spartans' 45-13 win over UC Davis on Saturday. He also tied a WAC and school record with six tackles for loss in the home-opener victory.
His 23 career sacks make him the nation's active career leader in sacks. His 35.0 tackles for loss in his career are fifth on SJSU's career list. He moved past Justin Cole (30.5) and Carl Ihenacho (33.5) during the game.
Jarron Gilbert, who played for the Spartans from 2005-08, is the career leader in tackles for loss with 42.0. Lyneil Mayo (1989-90) is the career sacks leader with 30.0.
Johnson, who was named the preseason WAC Defensive Player of the Year, will look to add to those totals when SJSU hosts Colorado State on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Rams are coming off a 22-7 loss to North Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school which won the national championship last year. SJSU beat Colorado State 38-31 on the road in Fort Collins, Colo., last season.
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