Pitt defensive end Rashad Weaver is up for another national award following his standout performance this past season.
Weaver was named today a semifinalist for the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, after he was able to rehabilitate and make a full comeback following a season-ending knee surgery in 2019. The Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award will be presented to three players and announced on January 2 at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
For the 2020, Weaver collected 35 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Because of this performance, Weaver is also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented to the defensive player of the year in college football.
Earlier today, Weaver was named a first team All-American defensive end by Pro Football Focus.
Due to all this recognition and production, Weaver has also put himself in position to become a high draft pick in this April’s 2021 NFL Draft. Various mock drafts are projecting Weaver to get selected in either the first or second rounds.