DALLAS (FWAA) – Cal inside linebacker
tied a career-high with 18 tackles and two tackles for loss to help
spur one of the nation's upsets as the Bears beat Washington for
a second consecutive year, 20-19. For his 14 solo tackles to go
with a forced fumble, Weaver has earned the Bronko Nagurski National
Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept.
7, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
senior from Spokane, Wash., is the first Cal player to earn this
honor. Weaver, a three-year letterman and the nation's leading returning
tackler (159 in 2018), now leads the nation in solo tackles with
20 and is second in total tackles at 15.0 per game (30 total). He
also extended his string of consecutive double-digit-tackle games
to nine in Saturday's win, and currently sits 10th all-time for
career tackles (259) at Cal.
Weaver helped contain Washington's running game to 186 yards
on 46 attempts. More importantly, Cal's defense stiffened inside
its red zone to hold Washington to three field goals once it crossed
the 20 and four field goals overall. Weaver's forced fumble led
to a Cal recovery as well, as he has been a takeaway nemesis against
Washington. He returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown
to lift the Bears to a narrow 12-10 home win last year.
The win in Seattle ended Washington's 15-game home winning
streak. It also marked the first time the Bears have earned
back-to-back wins over the Huskies since winning five in a row from
2002-06 and Cal has now won its road opener for a sixth consecutive
Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected
a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001.
Weaver was a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List to
begin the season – other weekly winners are added to the Watch List.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists
for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 20. The winner
will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2019
FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's
entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then
select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, will be held on Mon.,
Dec. 9 in Charlotte. In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient
of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since
1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary
two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated
college football then became a star for professional football's
Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski is a charter
member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
About the Charlotte Touchdown Club
Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 for
the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional
football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and
services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship,
scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and
coaches. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2 million to
benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information,
contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or email@example.com). The
official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.
2019 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Aug. 31: Alijah Halliburton, Wyoming
• Weekend of Sept. 7: Evan Weaver, Cal
• Weekend of Sept. 14: David Reese II, Florida
• Weekend of Sept. 21: Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State
• Weekend of Sept. 28: Benny Walls, Temple
• Weekend of Oct. 5: Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
• Weekend of Oct. 12: Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
• Weekend of Oct. 19: Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
• Weekend of Oct. 26: Chase Young, Ohio State
• Weekend of Nov. 2: Dele Harding, Illinois
• Weekend of Nov. 9: Terrel Bernard, Baylor
• Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)