Anthony Barr eager to get his first sack

Still without a sack after two games, linebacker Anthony Barr smiled Wednesday when asked if he was frustrated.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I let a couple go last week. They’ll come. I just have to be patient and continue working. I think this week I’ll have a better opportunity.”

Part of reason has been UCLA’s game plan. The Bruins have been more concerned with containing quarterback runs in their first two games rather than. That should change this Saturday against New Mexico State, whose sprint offense has produced 794 passing yards to 306 rushing yards.

After stumbling to an 0-3 record, the Aggies will give true freshman King Davis III his first start when they enter the Rose Bowl. Davis has passed for 210 yards and a touchdown this season.

— Myles Jack has impressed early at both outside linebacker and in the dime formation, and looks like one of the gems of the Bruins’ touted recruiting class. His performance has helped free up the other side for Anthony Barr, who had a career-high 11 tackles against Nebraska.

“Everybody knows that he’s a great player, awesome athlete,” Barr said. “He’s going to be great for us going forward. He just has to keep focusing, not listen to the noise, keep playing his game.”

Head coach Jim Mora said Jack, also a running back at Bellevue High, will play some offense later this season. The versatile linebacker also had two interceptions in Wednesday’s practice while guarding wide receivers.

“Maybe we’ll play him at corner,” Mora joked. “I don’t know.”

— Reserve running back Roosevelt Davis was in a walking boot again with what appears to be a right ankle sprain.

  • amontem

    How’s Myles Jack’s leg? Maybe he can kick FGs for us too!

  • EncinitasBruin

    This week should produce a couple for him, I would think. Interesting how he’s still not on many Heisman watch lists. He’s got to be the second most prolific defender in the nation behind Clowney, right?

    • Joe Blow


      • EncinitasBruin

        If you are going to post here, at least do so with at least a little credibility. Trojan Hoarse (from your side of the fence) pointed this quote out to me yesterday, from SI sportswriter Chris Burke’s column:

        “After Jadeveon Clowney, Barr has staked his claim as the top defender in the draft class — and with Clowney struggling a bit in the early going, Barr might be closing the gap.”

        Right now, most mock drafts have Hundley #2 in the first round, and Barr in the top 10, the second highest defender after Clowney.

        • Joe Blow

          I’ll do what I WANT.

          • necromaniac

            Don’t shout puto

  • Bruin 34

    How good is Jack, Jack?

  • Bruin 34

    When was the last time we saw two Bruins on Mel Kipers top 10? Wow! #bruinrevolution!

  • Bruin 34

    Clowney and the SEC are both being exposed as a joke! Pac 12 taking over!

  • Hogsman

    He should sack Shaq (Evans) for providing bulletin board material to the cross-town rivals.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Exactly. Very poor choice on Evans’ part.

      • Santiago Matamoros

        No. There’s no reason to fear USC.

        UCLA should crush the Trojans.