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Golden Nuggets: Evan Weaver named National & Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

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Go Evan!

NCAA Football: California at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Weaver talked a big game on his way to Seattle. The Cal linebacker said the Bears would win in Washington, and they did. He also proceeded to put up one of the best individual defensive performances in Cal history, netting 18 tackles, 2 TFL, and a forced fumble.

Weaver earned the Walter Camp defensive player of the week award, highlighting the best national defensive performance.

Weaver is the fifth California player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second in the Justin Wilcox era—the first being former Golden Bear linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk (Oct. 15, 2017).

Weaver is one of seven nominees for the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week that includes a fan vote to help select the winner. Go vote for Evan now!

Update: Weaver also earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors!

More quotes and notes from Cal’s win over Washington below.

Head coach Justin Wilcox

How’d you get your run game going? It took everybody. It took the offensive line obviously, and we had some new faces in there. The tight ends, quarterbacks, and receivers blocking down field. Our guys gave us a nice spark in there. In the first half we’d have some movement and then get a penalty that was hard to come back from. So I think it was really a combination of things.”

Linebacker Evan Weaver (joined by kicker Greg Thomas)

What did it mean to have such a big game in your home state? It was great to play that way for my team and family, it was great having so many family members here, but just being able to come out with the ‘W’ in the end was great. Our whole team played great, offensive moved the ball awesome, and on defense we stopped them when we needed to. It was a really good team win.

Also interviewed: RB Marcel Dancy, OL Michael Saffell