Pitt defensive end Rashad Weaver edged closer to consensus All-American status on Wednesday, as the Football Writers of Association of America bestowed first-team All-America honors upon him. The FWAA was the sixth outlet to name Weaver an All-American and the fifth to honor him with a first-team spot this postseason.
At this point, the 6’5”, 270-pound edge rusher’s accomplishments are well known, but to reiterate them, he came up with 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses. Both were career highs for Weaver, and the 14.5 tackles for losses currently rank eighth in the nation. And what was outstanding about Weaver’s production was that he racked up those stats despite missing two games in a shortened season.
Weaver has been a favorite among All-America voters, and that likely stems from the fact that he not only produced at an elite level in 2020 but also overcame a torn ACL that ended his 2019 season before it began. As a result, he has earned first-team All-America honors from CBS, ESPN, Pro Football Focus, the Associated Press and the FWAA, and the last two selections count toward consensus All-America honors. Weaver was also named a second-team All-American by Sporting News.
To earn consensus All-America honors, a player must be named a first-team All-American by three of the following five outlets: the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Three of the five outlets have named their teams, and the remaining two are the AFCA and Walter Camp Football Foundation.