Athlon Sports has named Cal linebacker Evan Weaver to its preseason All-America first team.
Weaver’s 159 total tackles last season are the most by any returning FBS player.
He is among just two Pac-12 players named to Athlon’s first team, along with Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.
Meanwhile, Cal’s defensive backs have been ranked No. 4 nationally for their position group. The three DB groups ranked higher are all from the SEC — LSU, Florida and Alabama.
Cal’s linebacker group, featuring Weaver, is rated No. 7 nationally, first among Pac-12 teams.
Earlier, Athlon went heavy on Cal defense on its preseason All-Pac-12 teams.