Cal linebacker Evan Weaver has been getting a lot of preseason All-America mention from various college football magazines, but not every publication has the Bears’ senior star quite that high.
Lindy’s preseason college football magazine ranks Weaver as the eighth-best inside linebacker for the upcoming season.
That’s high praise, but not as high as Weavers got from Athlon, which named Weaver a preseason first-team All-American, or Street and Smith, which placed Weaver on its second-team All-America squad.
Here are the top 14 inside linebackers as ranked by Lindy’s:
Dylan Moses, Jr., Alabama
Joe Bachie, Sr., Michigan Stat
Paddy Fisher, Jr., Northwestern
Colin Schooler, Jr., Arizona
Shaquille Quarterman, Sr., Miami
Jacob Phillips, Jr., LSU
David Woodward, Jr., Utah State
Evan Weaver, Sr., Cal
Troy Dye, Sr., Oregon
David Reese II, Sr., Florida
Cale Garrett, Sr., Missouri
Markus Bailey, Sr. Purdue
De’Jon Harris, Sr., Arkansas
Mohamed Barry, Sr., Nebraska
Of Weaver, Lindy’s said: “Was second in FBS with 159 tackles in 2018, 229 for career.”
Not mentioned was that he virtually won the game against Washington last season, intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown in the 12-10 upset of the Huskies.
Two Pac-12 linebackers are on this list, but Weaver will face only one during the 2019 regular season. The Bears face Oregon and linebacker Troy Dye on Oct. 5 in Eugene, but they do not play Arizona, which is led by linebacker Colin Schooler.