San Jose State's Travis Johnson became the school's first football player in 30 years to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Johnson, who carries a 3.35 grade-point average as a kinesiology major, was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America as a Division I second-team defensive lineman.
Arizona kicker John Bonano of Salinas also was a second-team selection.
Johnson is the first San Jose State player since quarterback Steve Clarkson in 1982 to earn the Academic All-America status.
"It was nice to get recognition for something in school after all the hours studying," he said.
The senior defensive end, leads the No. 24 Spartans with 12 sacks and 19 tackles for loss heading into their Military Bowl matchup with Bowling Green on Dec. 27.
Johnson is the school's career leader with 31 sacks and 461/2 tackles for loss. He also was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.
"That one was my biggest accomplishment," Johnson said. "That's what I've strived for and to get it, it's a nice thing to have."
Johnson was equally happy to see his three fellow starting defensive linemen earn All-WAC honors. Sophomore defensive tackle Travis Raciti was a first-team pick, while senior defensive end David Tuitupou and junior defensive tackle Anthony Larceval were second-team picks.
"That was awesome," Johnson said. "We led the WAC in sacks. Our whole thing was being tougher than anyone else and being able to get to the quarterback, and we were able to do that all yearlong. It was an awesome thing to have the whole D-line make All-WAC and be able to celebrate together."
Bonano, a senior out of Palma High, is a physiology major with a 3.93 GPA. He is 14 for 20 on field goals and 51 for 52 on extra-point kicks and has accounted for 95 points.
Other Pac-12 players named first team were USC receiver Marqise Lee, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, Utah defensive lineman Lotulelei and Oregon State defensive back Jordan Poyer. Fresno State defensive back was also named first team.
Unified super-middleweight champion Andre Ward injured his right shoulder in a sparring session last week and has been forced to postpone a Jan. 26 defense against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.
"He felt a little tweak when he threw a punch and stopped immediately," Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen, told ESPN.com on Thursday. "He didn't really think it was that damaging at first, but he certainly felt pain. He went to the doctor and followed up with an MRI (on Friday). ... There was a lot of swelling and inflammation, so the key to healing is not using the arm for a few weeks."
Oakland's Ward (26-0) was due to make his sixth title defense against Pavlik (40-2) in Los Angeles. Goossen said he hopes to keep the fight at the Galen Center. The initial target date for the rescheduled fight is Feb. 23.
With the main event postponed, so too is the rest of the card. The co-feature was a heavyweight world title elimination fight between Cristobal Arreola (35-2) and Bermane Stiverne (22-1-1).
The Stanford women's team (29-3) is on a quest for a seventh NCAA title and will head to the Berkeley Regional this weekend.
The tournament's overall No. 2 seed, the Cardinal will face Iowa State (22-7) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. It'll be the first meeting between the school. Michigan (25-11) will play Michigan State (26-9) at 5 p.m.
The winners will meet Saturday at 8:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the Final Four on Dec. 13-15 in Louisville, Ky.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will be host a P.A. announcer contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Aptos High. Those interested can register at nba.com/dleague/santacruz/pa_contest.html.
Walk-ups also can participate.
Staff writer John Becker contributed to this report.