According to head coach Brent Brennan, the defense really stood out.
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... A returning starter at the nose tackle position... 2017 Academic All-Mountain West award recipient.
2017: Quickly established himself as a defensive line starter during fall camp... Played and started in 12 games... Was used inside and outside along the defensive line during the season... Credited with 43 tackles... Had a tackle in every game he played... Single-game season best seven stops in each of the Spartans' two wins - against Cal Poly (9/2) and Wyoming (10/25)... Four of his six tackles at Hawai'i (10/14) were solo stops... His one tackle for loss for the season came in the season-opener against USF (South Florida - 8/26).
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Played for Mt. San Antonio College (Coach Bob Jastrab) in 2014 and 2015... Mounties won the 2014 California Community College state championship... 28 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and a safety his sophomore season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from American Fork High in South Jordan, Utah... Attended Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
MORE ON SAILOSI: A communication studies major... Name is pronounced Sigh-low-see Lah-too... Played rugby growing up in Tonga... Came to the United States at age 16... He is a native of Vaiola, Tonga.