Five Spartans have earned the academic honor each of their four years.
There are 13 returning starters among more than 80 players suiting up for spring practice.
AT SAN JOSE STATE: In his second season with the Spartans... Competing for playing time at a linebacker position... Has experience playing in the defensive line in the San Jose State scheme... 2017 Academic All-Mountain West award recipient.
2017: Worked his way on to the field for seven of the last nine games... Designated as a starter in the defensive line at BYU (10/28) and against San Diego State (11/4)... Was in on six tackles for the season... Season-high three stops at BYU. two the following week against San Diego State and one at Colorado State (11/18).
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Kelly King) at Milpitas (Calif.) High... Team's leading tackler as a senior with 131 tackles and shared the team lead with two fumble recoveries his senior season.
MORE ON ALII: A business administration major with a finance concentration... He is a native of San Jose, Calif.
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