NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – Evan Weaver, Cal’s outstanding and reliable linebacker, has been named the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week.
The 6-3, 235-pound senior from Spokane, Washington had another big game for the Bears, recording a career-tying 18 tackles (14 solo) with two tackles for losses and a forced fumble in Cal’s win over No. 14 ranked Washington, 20-19.
Last season, Weaver recorded 159 tackles, sixth most in the nation. He has 272 career tackles and is in the Top Ten all-time for Cal. Weaver has started 21 games and played in 39 of 40 games since joining the program.
He is a 2019 nominee for the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Award in addition to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award.
Weaver was named a team captain this summer and said: “To be put on that pedestal and trusted by so many guys is truly an honor.”
Cal will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of his performance.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation sponsors the Lott IMPACT Trophy and has donated more than $1.5 million to universities and charities throughout the country in 15 years.
Other nominees for the Lott IMPACT Trophy in Week Two:
Joe Bachie, LB, Sr., Michigan State: Had 7 tackles, one for a loss and one pass defended quarterback hurry in win over Western Michigan, 51-17.
Troy Dye, LB, Sr., Oregon: Had two quarterback hurries and two tackles for losses with four total tackles in win over Nevada, 77-6.
A.J. Epenesa, DL, Sr., Iowa: Had four quarterback hurries, a sack and three tackles in shutout win over Rutgers, 30-0.
Cale Garrett, LB, Sr., Missouri: Led team with 7 tackles, two for losses and one sack in win over West Virginia, 38-7.
Khaleke Hudson, LB/S, Sr., Michigan: Led Wolverines with 12 tackles in double overtime win over Army, 24-21.
Curtis Weaver, DE, Sr., Boise State: Had six tackles, 1.5 for losses and a sack in win over Marshall, 14-7.
2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy Players of the Week:
Week One – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Week Two – Evan Weaver, Cal
Previous Winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy:
2004 – David Pollack, Georgia
2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 – Dante Hughes, Cal
2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU
2010 – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2012 – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
2013 – Anthony Barr, UCLA
2014 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
2015 – Carl Nassib, Penn State
2016 – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2017 – Josey Jewell, Iowa
2018 – Josh Allen, Kentucky