scouting the defense
california golden bears
Weaver nished with 11 tackles and returned an
interception 37 yards for what proved to be the
Weaver will be anked by fellow inside linebacker
Jordan Kunaszyk. The 6-3, 235-pound redshirt senior
out of Sacramento, CA played previously at American
River College before coming to Berkeley and was an
active, hard-hitting presence all of the eld this season
for Wilcox’s team.
Kunaszyk nished second on the team to Weaver
in total tackles with 133, but he led the Bears with 11
tackles for loss and forced fumbles with ve. In Cal’s
37-7loss to UCLA, Kunaszyk put together one of the
nest individual performances on the defensive side
of the ball for the Bears in 2018 as he nished the game
against the Bruins with a whopping 22 total tackles.
Kunaszyk also added 2.0 tackles for loss and a forced
fumble to his game totals against UCLA.
In the secondary, redshirt junior safety Ashtyn Davis
emerged as the Bears’ primary ball hawk, leading the
team with four interceptions this season. Davis nished
the year with 53 total tackles and the 6-1, 190-pound
native of Santa Cruz, CA also chipped in 1.5 tackles for
loss and ve passes broken up, good enough
for second on the team.
The Bears’ defense has transformed from one that
allowed points galore in previous years and relied
heavily on its offense to win games to one of the
premier units in the nation. Cal allowed just 21.2 points
per game in 2018, a number that would have seemed
unfathomable just two short years ago. The emergence
of Cal’s defense into one of the most ef cient in the
nation has led to a turnaround in the win column and
sets up an intriguing defensive match up with TCU,
a Top 25 unit in its own right.
This year, Cal nished 16th in the FBS in total defense
as they allowed a paltry 319.4 yards of total offense to
their opponents over the course of the season. With
the Bears set to return 10 of the team’s top 14 tacklers
next year, the future looks bright in Berkeley.
The heart and soul of the Bears’ defense is junior inside
linebacker Evan Weaver, a 6-3, 245-pound product out
of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, WA. Weaver led Cal in
total tackles this season with 142 and also added 9.0
tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and six passes broken up.
Weaver nished the season with double-digit tackle
totals in all but three of the Bears’ game and in Cal’s
dramatic upset of then No. 15-ranked Washington,