Nevada linebacker Lucas Weber went through the Wolf Pack's on-field senior day ceremonies last season, but the McQueen High graduate recently got some good news.
He's going to be a senior for a second straight season.
Weber filed a waiver with the NCAA attempting to get a sixth year of eligibility and the request was approved, the Wolf Pack confirmed to Nevada Sports Net. Weber's sixth year of eligibility is a nice development for Nevada, which has seen a couple of returning starters leave via transfer this offseason.
Weber joined Nevada in 2014 as a walk-on running back and redshirted that season before debuting as a freshman in 2015. His sophomore season in 2016 was limited to one game after Weber tore his ACL following the season opener against Cal Poly. Weber played full seasons in 2017 and 2018 before petitioning to get one additional year of eligibility this offseason. The was approved, which will give Nevada a nice veteran on a young linebacker corps.
The Wolf Pack is expected to lose its two other starting linebackers with three-time All-Mountain West honoree Malik Reed graduating and pursuing an NFL career and starting middle linebacker Gabe Sewell putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal this week. He's expected to transfer to another school for his senior season. Another returning starter on defense, safety Nephi Sewell, transferred to Utah this offseason, thinning Nevada's returning cast on defense.
Weber had a strong 2018 season, posting 56 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Weber ranked third on the team in tackles for loss and sacks as Nevada made a massive improvement on defense from 2017 to 2018.
Nevada, which went 8-5 last season, including a win in the Arizona Bowl, returns four defensive starters from last season, including Weber, DT Hausia Sekona, DE Dominic Peterson and CB Daniel Brown.