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Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist Profile: Anthony Barr – Sr. Linebacker, UCLA
UCLA LB– Senior – 6’ 4” – 235lbs – San Pedro, CA
In Barr’s first game at linebacker in 2012 he led the team with six solo tackles and had a sack as the Bruins cruised past Rice, 49-24. “I felt good out there,” Barr said at the time. “I expect great things from myself all the time and it had been a while since I had met those expectations. I can still improve, but it was a decent start.”
“Considering he hadn’t played the position in a game … I didn’t know what to expect,” Head Coach Jim Mora said. “I just know he’s athletic and he had a good fall camp. Every day, he’s gotten better and better.”
From there, Barr’s season just took off. He was among the nation’s leaders in tackles for losses with 21.5. Barr’s 13.5 sacks were second in the country behind Georgia’s Jarvis Jones (14.5), a Lott finalist last year. He became an All-American and this season is a finalist for the annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy for both his play on the field and his character off it.
Barr is projected as a high first round pick in the NFL draft next spring.
Through the first nine games of the season, Barr registered 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, all the time fighting off double teams and offensive players openly tackling him.
Off the field, Barr is just as impressive. He’s made the Pac-12 All-Academic team and made his mark in the classroom. Patrick Wen, his instructor in Scandinavian Studies has this to say about her prize student: “”His performance in these courses has been exemplary and warranted the highest possible grade of “A.” A young man of keen intellect and general affability, Anthony’s strongest suit as a student is his versatility. As a writer, Anthony performs at the highest levels and I believe that his writing and critical thinking skills, in conjunction with his excellent verbal communication skills make him an ideal candidate.”
Some of his community outreach includes: The football team welcomed several youngsters who are battling terminal cancer (NEGU Kids – Never, Ever Give UP) to a recent practice to interact with the players.
Visited and spoke to 10 and under youth teams this past summer in Compton, CA and relayed the message of the importance of staying in school and working hard. He participated in Prime Time Games which is a peer-mentor sports program wherein the TPT students coach and play alongside children with developmental disabilities. Participated in Marathon Kids program – UCLA hosts the Final Mile Medal Celebration. Over 8,000 kindergarten through 5th graders and their families and teachers from around the greater Los Angeles Area returned to campus to mark the end of the five-month program of running/walking 26.2 miles. Student-athletes encourage the participants and award medals at the conclusion of the event.
Soup Kitchen – took part in a visit to a soup kitchen in downtown San Francisco as part of UCLA’s participation in a bowl game.
An IMPACT® player for sure.