03/16/2013 - 2012 San Jose State Pro Day: Pass rusher Travis Johnson, who was not invited to the combine, had a good, but not great, workout for scouts. At 6-1 and 241 pounds, his 40-yard dash was 4.82 and short shuttle in the 4.3 range. Johnson, who is the school's all-time sack leader (32), is a defensive end/linebacker hybrid who isn't the most impressive athlete, but he has the motor and demeanor for the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/27/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Spartans have won 10 games for the seventh time in school history. They have a chance to win 11 games for the first time since 1940, 10 years before San Jose State declared itself a major college football program in 1950.
San Jose State has been one of the best road teams in the nation this season, winning five of six away from home with the only loss a 20-17 setback up the road at Stanford in their season opener. The long trip east is not a concern for this under-the-radar team.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Travis Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 244-pound senior, is the Western Athletic Conference's career leader and the nation's active career leader with 31 sacks. For the second year in a row, he was listed on the Hendricks Award Mid-Season Watch List. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL-Travis Johnson, San Jose State, 6-3, 244, Sr., has been selected First Team All-Western Athletic Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Johnson leads the WAC in tackles for loss with 19 for 106 yards. He also leads the WAC and is seventh nationally in sacks with 12 for a loss of 66 yards. Johnson became the WAC's all-time leader in sacks with 31 and is fourth all-time in tackles for loss with 46.5. He has 60 tackles on the season and has forced two fumbles. - San Jose State football
12/03/2012 - 2012 WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Travis Johnson, Sr., DL, San Jose State...Johnson, a senior defensive end from San Jose, Calif. (The King's Academy), leads the WAC in tackles for loss with 19 for 106 yards. He also leads the WAC and is seventh nationally in sacks with 12 for a loss of 66 yards. Johnson became the WAC's all-time leader in sacks with 31 and is fourth all-time in tackles for loss with 46.5.
He has 60 tackles on the season and has forced two fumbles. San Jose State leads the WAC in sacks and is second in the conference in scoring defense and total defense. The Spartans are playing Bowling Green in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27. This is San Jose State's second WAC Defensive Player of the Year award as defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert earned the award in 2008. - WAC football
10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Jose State defensive end Travis Johnson, a senior from Sunnyvale, Calif. (The King's Academy), made eight tackles including three for a loss of 15 yards (1.5 sacks) and forced a fumble in San Jose State's 12-0 shutout victory at Navy. The forced fumble resulted in a Spartan recovery and stopped Navy's deepest drive at the nine-yard line. Johnson has now recorded at least one tackle for loss in his last 11 games, the longest streak among active players in the FBS. Also nominated on defense: senior linebacker Chip Hester, Louisiana Tech; sophomore safety Nic Johnston, UTSA; and junior linebacker Jake Doughty, Utah State. - WAC football
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Jose State defensive end Travis Johnson, a senior from Sunnyvale, Calif. (King's Academy), tied a WAC and school-record with six tackles for a loss of 46 yards in San Jose State's 45-13 win over UC Davis. He also tied a school-record with four sacks for a loss of 25 yards and finished the game with a total of eight tackles (7 solo). Johnson is the nation's active leader in career sacks with 23.0. Also nominated on defense: junior defensive lineman IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech; sophomore linebacker Blake Terry, UTSA; and senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, Utah State. - WAC football
08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: TRAVIS JOHNSON, SAN JOSE STATE, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. A three-time academic All-Western Athletic Conference award winner, Johnson was recently named the 2012 WAC preseason Defensive Player of the Year at the conference's annual football preview in Las Vegas. Since July 1, Johnson also was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists. In 2011, the San Jose State defensive end was a first-team All-WAC pick after being credited with 73 tackles, 9.5 quarterback sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. - San Jose State football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. The Rotary Lombardi Award is the second National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Watch List for Johnson this summer. Earlier, he was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy list for the nation's top defensive lineman. In his first three seasons, the senior from Sunnyvale, Calif., has 19.0 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 2011. - San Jose State football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Johnson, a senior from Sunnyvale, Calif., is the only Western Athletic Conference player on the Watch List. He enters his senior season as a returning first-team All-WAC defensive lineman. His 19.0 quarterback sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in his first three seasons ranks him second and third, respectively, among active college football players. In 2011, he ranked 10th in quarterback sacks and 29th nationally in tackles for loss. "Travis is a team leader who has played excellent football for us the last three years. He definitely earned the right to be on this list. He plays in a way that he is capable of winning this trophy," says San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre. "He is the heart and soul of our defense and makes big plays on defense and on special teams." In 2011, Johnson had single-season career bests of 73 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks. One of his plays defensively resulted in San Jose State's first safety in several years. He also blocked two kick scoring tries in the Hawaii win - one of which resulted in the Spartans' first defensive extra points. - San Jose State football