Senior Anthony Barr picked up his second major All-American mention on Friday, becoming a Sporting News‘ selection a day after also making the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s first team. The linebacker is on track to become UCLA’s first consensus All-American since kicker Kai Forbath in 2009.
Barr was a finalist for four major national awards this season. He won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, but missed out on the Bednarik (best defensive player), Butkus (best linebacker) and Lombardi (best lineman/linebacker) awards.
Linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes and right guard Alex Redmond all made the Sporting News’ Freshman All-American team.
Myles Jack is not the most versatile player in college football. At least, not according the Paul Hornung Award selection committee.
LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took the honor Friday morning, his 2,222 all-purpose yards pushing him past the UCLA linebacker/running back. He was the only semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best receiver, who also ranked top-15 nationally in kick returns (26.87 per, for a total of 806). The junior also played the role of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel leading up to the Tigers’ 34-10 win over the Aggies.
Jack was the the first player to ever win both Pac-12 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. Continue reading →
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr landed an official All-American honor Thursday night, and it likely won’t be his last this season. The senior was named to the Walter Camp first team, the first Bruin to earn a spot since kicker Kai Forbath since 2009.
The Walter Camp All-American team is one of five recognized by the NCAA, with the others being the Associated Press, AFCA, FWAA and Sporting News teams. Barr was a second-team AP All-American in 2012.
Earning spots on three first teams makes a player a “consensus” All-American, while all five makes him a “unanimous” All-American.
Former UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit federal fraud.
According the the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Holmes is cooperating in the investigation into his $2.5 million mortgage fraud scheme, one that involved helping straw buyers acquire loans on at least three different Las Vegas properites. Two bank fraud counts are being dismissed.
Holmes agreed to pay $1.7 million in restitution, and will be sentenced on March 13. He could face two to three years in prison, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Muhammad, the 14th overall pick in the last NBA draft, has scored eight points in 33 minutes this season.
Freshman guard Zach LaVine hung out with me and staff photographer Hans Gutknecht for a bit this week and showed off a few dunks. Here’s the story that ran in today’s Daily News, on the most exciting draw at Pauley Pavilion this season.
UCLA’s push up the recruiting rankings is picking up steam. The Bruins landed four-star defensive back Jaleel Wadood Tuesday morning, shoring up a secondary that just a season ago looked to be in dire straits.
Wadood is the seventh defensive back to join the 2014 class, picking the Bruins over USC after originally picking Cal this past summer. UCLA already added four players to its secondary in 2013, so a de-commitment or two wouldn’t be too surprising. Scout.com rates Wadood, Adarius Pickett and John Plattenburg as the four-star additions to the team’s defensive backfield. Continue reading →
UCLA’s biggest hole next year looks to be shrinking quickly. This morning, the Bruins landed four-star forward Jonah Bolden, an Australian native playing this season at Findlay Prep. Continue reading →