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Golden Nuggets: Evan Weaver - Consensus All-American

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Cal senior inside linebacker Evan Weaver is a consensus first-team All-American who picked up his most recent honor Thursday with his first-team selection to the FWAA All-America Team. Weaver is Cal’s first player to earn consensus first-team All-American honors since Daymeion Hughes and DeSean Jackson in 2006 as the well as the first to pick up any first-team All-American recognition since Alex Mack in 2008.

The nation’s leading tackler swept spots on all five of the teams considered to be a consensus All-American (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp) and totaled 11 first-team All-American honors in all by adding selections from The Athletic, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, ESPN, USA Today and Yardbarker.

This is a relatively large group the Bears have brought in early (Cal had seven scholarship mid-year enrollees a year ago), and it gets a few of them in positions to compete for jobs, especially for the bigger guys like Johnson and Roberts, as well as Sheahan (who comes in as a junior in terms of eligibility).

”It’s big not only for their development, because they get a head start here,” Justin Wilcox said, “but it’s big for our team, you get that winter conditioning, you get spring ball, spring conditioning, summer workouts, and they’re that much more prepared for fall camp. You get a more mature roster that way, you’re more full than you would be without them. It has become more and more prevalent today with guys leaving high school early, it’s kinda person by person, but we have a bunch of them coming early, along with a transfer student from the Southern Hemisphere in Jamieson. It’ll be good for our team.”