|Football Leads Way In Academic All-WAC Awards|
Denver, Colo.-----The 2011 San Jose State University football program tied for second place for most Academic All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) awards among the conference's 38 fall sports teams.
Twelve Spartan football student-athletes met the conference criteria for academic All-WAC honors with enrollment as a San Jose State University student for at least two semesters, earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher, and playing in at least 50 percent of the team's 12 games in the 2011 season.
First-team All-WAC defensive end Travis Johnson (The King's Academy, Sunnyvale, Calif.), defensive end Mohamed Marah (Oak Grove HS, San Jose, Calif.) defensive tackle Pablo Garcia (Yerba Buena HS, San Jose) each earned their third Academic All-WAC honor.
Quarterback Matt Faulkner (Highland Village, Texas), the 2012 Casino del Sol All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, linebacker Vince Buhagiar (Clayton Valley HS, Concord, Calif.), and starting offensive guard Nicholas Kaspar (Dana Point HS, Dana Hills, Calif.) were named Academic All-WAC for the second season in a row.
Starting linebacker Pompey Festejo (Benicia HS, Benicia, Calif.) and starting center Robbie Reed (Claremont HS, Claremont, Calif.), two of the football team's five graduate students; wide receiver Josh Harrison (Rio Mesa HS, Oxnard, Calif.); freshman defensive tackle Travis Raciti (College Park HS, Pleasant Hill, Calif.); freshman running back Ben Thompson (Temecula Valley HS, Temecula, Calif.); and senior long snapper Ben Zorn (Berkeley, Calif.) are first-time award recipients.
Only the Utah State football program with 16 awards had more than San Jose State football. The Idaho and Louisiana Tech women's soccer teams matched Spartan football with 12 awards.
Overall, 39 San Jose State University student-athletes from the fall sports of football, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's soccer and women's volleyball were named Academic All-WAC.
Cross country runners Antonio Cantu, Alex Esparza, Kate Lambdin, Elizabeth Raymond, Alexa Richter and Victoria Smith; Shanelle Furner, Amanda Martin, Lauren Sanchez and Angela Santoro; and Kylie Miraldi from the volleyball team are 11 of San Jose State's 39 award winners to be named Academic All-WAC four times during their college athletics career.
First semester freshmen from these fall sports teams can be named Academic All-WAC for 2011-12 at the end of the 2012 spring semester by achieving the minimum 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and their athletics participation in 2011.