The high preseason ratings going to the Cal defense stem primarily from the quality of returning players the Bears boast. Those include linebacker Evan Weaver, already named to a pair of preseason All-America teams, and a dynamite defensive secondary.
Weaver believes JC newcomer Kuony (pronounced Coin) Deng will significantly add to the equation on defense..
“He’s long and athletic . . . (has) speed . . . a great mind for the game,” said Weaver, noting that Deng made “night and day” progress from the start of spring practice to the end.
Deng is 6-foot-6, 225 pounds and will be used primarily at inside linebacker. But the coaching staff has hinted he could also see snaps at outside linebacker.
As a high schooler in Virginia, Deng also played basketball. In the video above, listen to how Weaver says he would fare against Deng in a game of one-on-one.