Cal's Evan Weaver is a Nightmare to Game Plan Against, and Oregon Knows It
Many people believe that the California Golden Bears racked up a 4-0 record and received a No. 15 ranking in the nation due to their offensive talent, led by quarterback Chase Garbers.
That's not totally true. Senior linebacker Evan Weaver has been a dominant player for the Golden Bears' defense and his size and versatility make him a brutal player for opposing offenses to plan for, and he will likely be a well-talked about person in Oregon practice sessions this week.
Weaver leads Cal with 77 tackles so far this season, which is a remarkable 15.4 tackles per game, ranking him as the No. 1 defender in the nation by that metric, with 20 more tackles than No. 2 on that list.
On Tuesday, Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo talked about Weaver's ability to line up throughout the defensive front, which makes it almost impossible to know exactly what he plans to do on that single play.
Arroyo also touched on the Ducks inability to get a rushing attack going so far this season, but noted that the bye week was very critical in getting this part of the offense off of the ground.
If Oregon can find a way to neutralize Weaver, as well as getting any production from their talented and deep backfield, then they should have no trouble doing away with the Golden Bears on Saturday night.