Senior Cal inside linebacker Evan Weaver is going to have a lot to live up to this coming season as the preseason honors keep pouring in.
This week, Phil Steele named Weaver a second-team preseason All-American and a first-team preseason all-Pac-12 selection.
Weaver was the only Golden Bears player to receive first-team all-conference recognition, but other Cal players did receive mention on Steele’s preseason second-, third- and fourth-team all-Pac-12 teams.
We will note those later in this story, but the focus remains on Weaver, and over the next few days Cal Bears Maven will be presenting a series of videos of Weaver talking about football and other issues. As you will soon learn, Weaver is completely comfortable in front of a camera and has some entertaining things to say. That can be seen in this earlier video of Weaver on Cal Bears Maven.
Here is a video from a Spokane media outlet:
He is much funnier in the videos we will present. Take my word for it.
As mentioned earlier, Weaver has received a number of other preseason honors.
Finally, Weaver is a key member of a Cal defense that Bleacher Report named the fifth-best defense in the country although he is not the only star on the Bears’ defensive side.
Phil Steele’s all-conference list suggests as much.
Cal cornerback Camryn Bynum and safety Ashtyn Davis were both named second-team all-Pac-12 picks by Steele, and defensive end Luc Bequette, cornerback Elijah Hicks and punter Steven Coutts received third-team mention.
Offensive tackle Jake Curhan and incoming inside linebacker Kuony Deng were fourth-team choices. Deng has yet to play a game at a four-year college.