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.
The Spartans played their best defensive game of the season.
The Spartans seek their first win over the Aztecs since 2012.
San José State can even its record in Mountain West play at UNLV.
AT SAN JOSE STATE: In his first season with the Spartans... Tops the opening fall depth chart at a linebacker position... First joined the team for 2017 spring practice... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in January 2017... Began his major college career at Arizona State.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A 2016 first-team all-state selection for Fullerton College (Coach Tim Byrnes)... Was in on 49 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks.
ARIZONA STATE: Was a member of the Sun Devils football program in 2014 and 2015... Redshirted the 2014 season... Did not see any game action in 2015.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Ryan Olson) and track and field at Magnolia High in Anaheim, Calif. Ranked among the top high school prospect as a senior... #90-athlete in the nation by ESPN... #62- best safety prospect by 24-7 Sports... #5-best safety nationally by Scout.com... A three-time first-team All-Orange League choice... A first-team all-county and an All-C.I.F. Southern Section pick as a senior... Concluded his career playing in the 2014 BMW West Coast Bowl all-star game... A sprinter on the track and field team.
MORE ON JAMAL: A justice studies major... Interested in pursuing a career as a police investigator... "Split," "Friday After Next," and "Interstellar Kappa" are among his favorite movies... Lists Denzel Washington and Will Smith as his favorite actors... He is a native of Anaheim, Calif.