San Jose State's Travis Johnson became the school's first football player in 30 years to earn Academic All-America honors.
Johnson, who carries a 3.35 grade-point average as a kinesiology major, was selected as a second-team defensive lineman.
"It was nice to get recognition for something in school after all the hours studying," Johnson said.
He's the first San Jose State player since quarterback Steve Clarkson in 1982 to earn the Academic All-America status.
Johnson, a senior defensive end, leads the No. 24 Spartans with 12 sacks and 19 tackles for loss heading into their Dec. 27 Military Bowl matchup with Bowling Green.
Johnson is the career leader in both categories with 31.0 sacks and 46.5 tackles for loss. He was also named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.
"That one was my biggest accomplishment," Johnson said. "That's what I've strived for and to get it, it's a nice thing to have."
Johnson was equally happy to see his three fellow starting defensive linemen earn All-WAC honors. Sophomore defensive tackle Travis Raciti was a first-team All-WAC pick while senior defensive end David Tuitupou and junior defensive tackle Anthony Larceval were second-team picks.
"That was awesome," Johnson said. "We led the WAC in sacks. Our whole thing was being tougher than anyone else and being able to get to the quarterback, and we were able to do that all year long. It was an awesome thing to have the whole D-line make All-WAC and be able to celebrate together."
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