UCLA football links: Early preseason predictions, QB rankings

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American, becoming the fourth Bruin to make the list in three years. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) is the key piece for UCLA’s offense heading into his sophomore season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Gathering a few UCLA football-related links while we countdown the days until football returns:

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Former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr starting foundation inspired by his mother

Anthony Barr's mother Lori raised the former UCLA linebacker as a single mother whow went to college and held multiple jobs. Anthony is working with his mom to start the Anthony Barr Foundation to support single mothers pursuing higher education. (Photos courtesy Lori Barr and by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press Telegram)

Anthony Barr’s mother Lori raised the former UCLA linebacker as a single mother whow went to college and held multiple jobs. Anthony is working with his mom to start the Anthony Barr Foundation to support single mothers pursuing higher education. (Photos courtesy Lori Barr and by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press Telegram)

When former UCLA linebacker and current Minnesota Viking Anthony Barr was born, his mother Lori Barr was a scared 19-year-old college student. She raised him as a single mother, with the help of her parents, while she finished her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees and worked multiple jobs.

Together, the two are starting a foundation for other single mothers in Lori’s situation. The Anthony Barr Foundation launches next month and will provide scholarships for tuition and child care for single mothers who want to pursue their college educations.

“With the Anthony Barr Foundation, we want single moms to know that they’re not alone,” said Lori, who serves as the vice president of the foundation. “We’re here to help.”

Read more about Anthony and Lori’s story and the foundation here.

For more information about the Anthony Barr Foundation, click here.

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Three-star safety Rhedi Short backs out of UCLA commitment

Three-star safety Rhedi Short out of Los Angeles’ Cathedral High decommitted from UCLA on Sunday, announcing the decision via Twitter. He originally committed to the Bruins in October 2015, but backed off shortly after a Junior Day visit to Arizona.

The 6-foot, 175-pound safety also has offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Cal, Washington and Washington State. Outside of the Pac-12, his offers include San Jose State, Fresno State and Illinois.

With Short’s decision, UCLA has four commits left for the 2017 class: DE Jaelan Phillips, DE Hunter Echols, ATH Rahyme Johnson and OG Kanan Ray.

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Fairbairn, Brendel to sign as undrafted free agents

Ka'imi Fairbairn (left) and Jake Brendel will sign as undrafted free agents. (Photos by (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz and Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star-News)

Ka’imi Fairbairn (left) and Jake Brendel will sign as undrafted free agents. (Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz and Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star-News)

After eight UCLA Bruins were picked in the NFL Draft, two more agreed to sign as undrafted free agents. Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans and center Jake Brendel will head to Texas as well, signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

Fairbairn was the 2015 Lou Groza Award winner as the most outstanding place kicker in the nation. He is the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer and finished his UCLA career with a streak of 41 consecutive made field goals from inside 35 yards. He was a consensus first-team All-American and set the UCLA record for longest field goal at 60 yards, which was also a record for the longest ever in a conference game.

Brendel was the three-time captain for the Bruins and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in game started (52).

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Final tally: Eight Bruins picked in NFL Draft

Here’s the final list of UCLA players who who picked in the NFL Draft this weekend. Eight is a UCLA record since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994 and most for the program since 1988.

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