Towson, Md.-----For the first time in 30 years, a San Jose State University football player earned Academic All-America recognition.
In the annual voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), defensive end Travis Johnson is a second team Capital One Academic All-America.
A kinesiology major that plans to graduate in June 2013, Johnson is the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and San Jose State career record holder for quarterback sacks with 31.0 with one game left to play.
Presently in the 2012 season, he has 12.0 quarterback sacks and 19.0 tackles for loss to rank among the top-10 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in both categories.
Johnson is one of four team captains for the BCS-#24 San Jose State team (10-2) that is playing against Bowling Green (8-4) in the Military Bowl on December 27 in Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium.
The last San Jose State player to earn Academic All-America honors was quarterback Steve Clarkson (1981, 2nd team; 1982, honorable mention). Offensive guard Tim Toews (1975, 1st team) and defensive backs Al Saunders (1967, honorable mention) and Don Peterson (1967, honorable mention) previously were Academic All-America honorees during their careers.
To be nominated for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, be enrolled at the current institution for at least two semesters, have sophomore standing or higher and be a significant player on his or her team.