Cal’s Evan Weaver named finalist for coveted Lott Trophy

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The Bears’ inside linebacker Evan Weaver has been named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an award given to one notable defensive player distinguished for high talent and character both on and off the gridiron. Weaver earned the Lott Trophy Player of the Week three times this season, an honor the other finalists received only once each.

Other nominees for the trophy include Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller and Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons. All three schools are ranked among the top 15 in the nation, with Ohio State landing at No. 2 and Clemson right behind at No. 3.

Weaver has notched an astronomical 173 tackles this season, almost a full hundred more than the Simmons’ 84, the second-highest number earned by a trophy finalist. Weaver has also recorded 10 tackles for loss and a career-high 22 tackles in a single game twice this season against both Ole Miss and Utah.

The winner of the trophy will be selected by a voter panel and announced on Dec 15.

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