San Jose State defensive lineman Travis Johnson was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year to headline the Spartans' nine first-team selections.
The Spartans and Louisiana Tech tied for the most first-team picks. WAC champion Utah State had eight. SJSU also had six second-team selections.
Johnson led the WAC in tackles for loss with 19 and sacks with 12, which ranked seventh nationally. He's the WAC and SJSU all-time leader with 31 career sacks.
"He's the heart and soul of our defense," SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre said recently. "He's one of the best defensive ends that ever played here."
Johnson, from The King's Academy-Sunnyvale, is the first Spartan to win WAC Defensive Player of the Year since Jarron Gilbert in 2008.
Johnson was joined on the first-team defense by sophomore defensive Travis Raciti, a College Park-Pleasant Hill product, junior linebackers Vince Buhagiar (Clayton Valley-Concord), Keith Smith and junior defensive back Bené Benwikere.
Junior wide receiver Noel Grigsby, senior tight end Ryan Otten, senior left tackle David Quessenberry and junior right guard Nicholas Kaspar were first-team offensive selections.
The WAC's depth at quarterback relegated record-setting quarterback David Fales to the second team. Fales, who was named team MVP on Sunday, set school single-season records in passing yards, touchdowns, total offense and completions. Pending the bowl game, he's
First-team honors at quarterback went to Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron and Utah State's Chuckie Keeton. Cameron, the nation's second-leading passer, was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Utah State's Gary Andersen earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Aggies to the conference title.
Other Spartans' second-team selections on offense included senior running back De'Leon Eskridge and wide receiver Chandler Jones. Junior defensive tackle Anthony Larceval and senior defensive end David Tuitupou were also second-team picks. Freshman kicker Austin Lopez, who was a perfect 15 for 15 on field goals, and sophomore Tyler Ervin were second-team specialists.
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