Anthony Barr named first-team Walter Camp All-American

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.

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Anthony Barr wins Lott IMPACT Trophy

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr won the Lott IMPACT Trophy today, his first major national honor this season. The award identifies the best defensive player in college football, but also weighs personal character. The other finalists were USC’s Devon Kennard, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Iowa’s James Morris.

Barr is also a finalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards — given to the top lineman on either side of the ball and the top defensive player, respectively. The senior lost the Butkus Award for best linebacker to Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.

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Myles Jack doubles up on Pac-12 freshman of the year awards

Talk about versatility. Today, UCLA’s Myles Jack was named both Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman Player of the Year — becoming the first to take both since the awards were introduced in 2008.

The linebacker/running back earned a starting spot on defense by the Bruins’ second game, and finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 70 tackles. His 10 pass breakups ranked second in the Pac-12, and first nationally among linebackers. Continue reading

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Notes and quotes: UCLA claims L.A. with 35-14 win

A roundup of the coverage in Sunday’s edition of the L.A. Daily News:
— UCLA’s 35-14 win over the Trojans gave the team rightful claim to the city, at least for another year.
— Brett Hundley had his way with USC’s defense. Will he come back to do so again?
— The Bruins’ defense held the Trojans to 314 yards, the lowest output of any UCLA opponent this season.
— The loss takes pressure off USC athletic director Pat Haden to hire interim coach Ed Orgeron.
— Columnist Tom Hoffarth shares the story of his old USC jacket, a gift long lost.

Some thoughts from the victory:

— Might as well start with some quick “we run L.A.” quotes …

— Jim Mora is clearly moving UCLA along the right path. Continue reading

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