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Draft Scout Anthony Barr News
05/17/13 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA...Barr, playing on defense for the first time in his collegiate career in 2012, ranked second in the nation in sacks (13.5) and tied for fifth in the country in tackles for loss (21.5). A second-team Associated Press All-America selection, he had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each game and his 2012 season total ranked fourth on the all-time school list.
Barr's total of 13.5 sacks was the second-highest single-season total in UCLA annals. He was named first-team all-conference by the league's coaches and was an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection. UCLA is one of just six schools nationally to have two players represented on the list, joining Baylor, Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford and Virginia Tech. - UCLA football
05/08/13 - 5/7/2013 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: At this time last year, Barr was in the process of transitioning from running back to the defensive side of the ball. Now? He has a full season under him at linebacker and is entering his senior season as one of the Pac-12's top defenders, leading the team in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (21.5) in 2012.
During the recruiting process, the Bruins' promise to keep him as a ballcarrier on offense swayed him to UCLA, but with the new coaching staff and a crowded backfield, Barr agreed to move to linebacker last spring. He flourished at the new position as a junior and should only improve as a senior. Many scouts feel the sky is the limit for his NFL potential with another productive year rushing the passer. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/04/13 - NFL DRAFT: 'WAIT-TIL-NEXT-YEAR' DRAFT OVER; HERE ARE 21 TO WATCH IN 2014: Seniors...2. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: The former running back will prove that his decision to return and learn the subtleties of the outside linebacker position was a sound one -- by leading the country in tackles for loss and emerging as a top-10 prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
05/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 9. OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-4, 238, 4.73)...A former running back, Barr moved to defense last spring and had a breakout junior season with 13.5 sacks. How much better can he get? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/13 - UCLA junior linebacker Anthony Barr has decided to return for his senior season of football in 2013. Barr, who played running back during his first two years, shifted to linebacker this past season for the 9-5 Bruins, who captured the Pac-12 South Division championship. A first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Barr led the team with 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2012, ranking among the nation's top 10 in each category heading into the bowl games. His sack total ranks second on the all-time school single-season list and his tackles for loss rate fourth on that school list. He registered 83 tackles on the season, a figure which ranked second on the squad.
Statement from Anthony Barr: "I have carefully explored my options and have decided to continue my football career with UCLA. I felt a strong connection with my teammates and coaches that I do not want to see end. I will continue to pursue my degree and take part in the team drills after the Holidays. The time will come soon enough to live my dream of playing at the next level."
Statement from Bruin head coach Jim Mora: "Anthony considered his options and we are glad he has chosen to stay with his teammates to continue the mission to move Bruin football forward in the new year." - UCLA football