Cal Football: Evan Weaver Adds Spot on Walter Camp All-America Team
Cal senior linebacker Evan Weaver picked up first-team spot on the prestigious Walter Camp All-America team Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Weaver was chosen to the first team chosen by USA Today.
The Walter Camp All-America team is one of five on a list that are recognized to be a consensus All-American with the others (American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association, Sporting News) yet to be released. Players on at least three of those five teams are considered to be consensus All-Americans.
Weaver is one of just two Pac-12 players on the first-team of the CBS Sports selection. The other is Oregon offensive guard Penei Sewell.
LSU’s Joe Burrow was the first-team selection at quarterback by both sites, and he’s expected to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
Weaver hopes to become the first Cal player to be named to the Associated Press first-team since 2006, when cornerback Daymeion Hughes and all-purpose player DeSean Jackson earned first-team AP honors.,
Weaver leads the nation in tackles (173) and has already broken the Pac-12 single-season record for tackles. Three times this season Weaver had more than 20 tackles, giving him three of the top six individual tackle totals in the nation this season. He had 22 tackles against Mississippi, 22 more against Utah and 21 against Oregon State. Weaver had a mere 18 tackles in the upset of Washington.
By the way, he also forced three fumbles, had 10 tackles for losses and added five quarterback hurries.
The fact that Weaver won these awards despite playing for a team that is just 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the conference speaks to amount of national respect Weaver has garnered.
This may not translate into a high NFL Draft choice, however. Most sites peg him as a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft.
One of the reasons Weaver was respected was that he performed even when he was at less than 100 prcent physically. He discusses having flu symptons before and during the win over Stanford:
Here are some highlights of Weaver in action: