Evan Weaver

FuzzyWuzzy
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Last year I criticized Weaver for lacking linebacker instincts, overrunning plays, getting blocked. When I saw the depth chart this fall I thought Gerran Brown should be moved from Mike to Will in Evan's spot. Boy is he proving me wrong. Maybe he just needed a year at the position. He seems to be everywhere this year and his confidence is growing. 10 tackles in the first half today - don't know what he had for the game but he was balling.

Oh and if he's really 6-3 he's gotta be more like 250 than the listed 235.
75bear
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Today Weaver had one of the best individual defensive performances I've seen by a Cal Bear in many, many years.
AXLBear
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He appears to have a nose for the ball that just can't be coached
heartofthebear
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The coaching and talent at OLB is making the difference for us this year.
59bear
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AXLBear said:

He appears to have a nose for the ball that just can't be coached
I agree his instincts are a big plus. And he has a motor. I remember seeing him dominate in the state championship game his senior year of HS and thinking he could be a pretty decent t college baller. So far, I'd say he is, hands down, our most improved player over last season.
LACalFan
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Fuzzy, you are not alone. I also didn't think Weaver was mobile enough. He's a beast. Happy to be so wrong
TomBear
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Weaver is gaining confidence, pure and simple. He is a pursuer, and doesn't quit on a play. I think he's going to have a spectacular year, and I think he'll help elevate the play of those around him. Imagine how good our defense could be after another game or two if Good returns! (BTW, the entire defense performed well in Goode's absence, and the "next man up" philosophy is working out very nicely.

I'm still concerned with a few DBs not "tackling" but trying to get "hits". But it didn't seem as bad as it appeared to be to me last week, and isn't it great to see players knocking down and intercepting passes again? There's an aggressive aura on this defense that is really enthusing me.
Big C
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LACalFan said:

Fuzzy, you are not alone. I also didn't think Weaver was mobile enough. He's a beast. Happy to be so wrong
Agree. I LOVED his high school highlights, but I was worried he might be a tweener (LB, or DL?) in college. But he is really coming into his own right now.

Our starting ILBs make up one of the better pairs around!
LACalFan
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Big C said:

LACalFan said:

Fuzzy, you are not alone. I also didn't think Weaver was mobile enough. He's a beast. Happy to be so wrong
Agree. I LOVED his high school highlights, but I was worried he might be a tweener (LB, or DL?) in college. But he is really coming into his own right now.

Our starting ILBs make up one of the better pairs around!
Looking like LB and DB coaching is a real strength on our staff
NYCGOBEARS
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Evan went straight Beast Mode.
SmellinRoses
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Guy has been fantastic. Go Bears.
oskirules
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Loved the way he played last night.
LegoBear
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Ok but he need to learn how to catch!
IssyBear
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The thing I remembered about that Washington State Championship Game is that Weaver, who was All-State as a defensive lineman, also started at Tailback and carried the ball a ton. He has got speed and it showed up several times yesterday.
burritos
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Is he a senior or junior?
philbert
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burritos said:

Is he a senior or junior?

jr
ddc_Cal
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Not successive plays, but in the same series, I think, Weaver made a tackle at the sideline.

Some plays later, he made a tackle on the _other_ sideline! He kind of defines sideline-to-sideline LB.


What really amazed me, though, was his energy level. Maybe there were plays where he was not in the game, but I didn't notice any. And I have no complaints whatsoever about his not getting the INT those three knockdowns. Awesome.
IssyBear
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One cool comment Weaver made in his post game interview was to encourage fans to come to the games. He said "we're ready to play and we want you guys there". I don't remember a recent Cal player ever saying that.
evanstobrown
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Defense starting to provide Cal fans with the pride that was felt in the Bear Minimum defense of Ray Wilsey.
Weaver has a mentality similar to Butkus!
Chapman_is_Gone
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philbert said:

burritos said:

Is he a senior or junior?

jr
But he is a few credits from finishing his degree, and unfortunately he will likely transfer for grad school to Stanfurd or USC

(j/k)
KoreAmBear
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Too bad another WA guy Saffle had to retire. They would been quite a tandem.
FuzzyWuzzy
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KoreAmBear said:

Too bad another WA guy Saffle had to retire. They would been quite a tandem.
Almost forgot about him. With Brown's retirement we are thin at LB. No wonder six backers have committed to this recruiting class.
socalBear23
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AXLBear said:

He appears to have a nose for the ball that just can't be coached
Considering he did not have said "nose" last year, it appears it can indeed be coached!
OzarkBear
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socalBear23 said:

AXLBear said:

He appears to have a nose for the ball that just can't be coached
Considering he did not have said "nose" last year, it appears it can indeed be coached!
At the time of the move of Weaver there were concerns of his ability to drop into coverage with the position change but with 3 PBU's in the BYU game (a couple were almost interceptions), it appears he is learning his trade from Coach Sirmon quite well!!!
Rushinbear
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Chapman_is_Gone said:

philbert said:

burritos said:

Is he a senior or junior?

jr
But he is a few credits from finishing his degree, and unfortunately he will likely transfer for grad school to Stanfurd or USC

(j/k)
No, no, not the "t" word. If he grads early, there must be a terminal masters that he can get into. I've heard pub health and I guess Haas is too competitive, but how about Pub Admin (my degree)? And, are there no others? MSW? MFA?
59bear
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socalBear23 said:

AXLBear said:

He appears to have a nose for the ball that just can't be coached
Considering he did not have said "nose" last year, it appears it can indeed be coached!
Playing inside rather than outside may have him in a better position to read/react. Or perhaps it's just a year more experience and confidence.
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