For anyone that missed it, I talked UCLA football with Craig Elsten tonight on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego. We covered a bit of the Bruins’ Nebraska win, Shaq Evans’ comments, and Brett Hundley’s NFL prospects. You can listen to the full 11 minutes here.
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. Continue reading
After a career-high 11 tackles in a 41-21 win at Nebraska, Anthony Barr was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. In addition to logging two of those tackles for loss, the All-American was credited with three forced fumbles.
Oddly, Barr still has not recorded a sack after finishing the 2012 season second in the country with 13.5. Continue reading
Linebacker Anthony Barr returned to practice this week from an undisclosed head injury, saying Tuesday that he’s felt 100 percent for “some time now.”
Although he did not disclose the exact nature of his injury beyond being “dinged up,” it’s something he thinks football players probably go through often — even if it goes unspoken. “Players don’t like to talk about that stuff,” Barr said.
After sustaining the injury last week, the All-American linebacker vomited on the sideline before being led out of the facility. Still, he said he never doubted that his status for Saturday’s season opener against Nevada: “You’re not gonna keep me off the field.”
For the first time in nearly a week, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr dressed in shoulder pads, cleats and a helmet for practice.
After suffering an undisclosed head injury during live drills last Tuesday, the Bruins’ All-American had been sidelined, appearing at practice only as an observer. Head coach Jim Mora did not talk in detail about Barr, but said he expects the star defender to play in Saturday’s 7 p.m. season opener against Nevada.
“He’s good to go,” Mora said.
The rest of what Mora called his first and last injury report of the season: Continue reading
Linebacker Anthony Barr returned to practice Thursday afternoon, but did not participate two days after suffering an undisclosed head injury. The All-American wore a jersey, wearing shorts without full pads or cleats. He walked to the locker room midway through the session, returning to the field in less than an hour.
After colliding with a teammate Tuesday night, Barr was led to the sideline by a trainer. He vomited on the turf before being taken out of the facility. He was not present at UCLA’s Wednesday practice. Continue reading
Roughly 16 hours after he took a blow to the head, Anthony Barr walked back toward UCLA’s locker room.
Still recovering from an undisclosed injury, he swiped his entrance card and swung open the gray doors. A few dozen feet away, the Bruins’ Wednesday afternoon practice neared its end without him.
“He’s fine,” head coach Jim Mora said. “He’s doing great. He’s good.”
When asked if Barr — who vomited on Spaulding Field Tuesday night — had suffered a concussion, Mora stuck to the script: “He’s doing great.”
“That’s my standard answer. You can just keep asking, and I’ll just keep saying ‘He’s fine.’ … My job is to try and protect against our opponents getting information that can help them win. When it comes to who’s playing where and what strategic things we’re doing, it’s better I play it close to the vest.” Continue reading
Linebacker Anthony Barr left midway through UCLA’s Tuesday night practice with what appeared to be a head injury.
After a collision during 11-on-11 drills, the All-American walked to the sideline and removed his helmet as trainers tended to him. Barr lay on the ground and rubbed his temples before later vomiting onto Spaulding Field. Nausea or vomiting are among the symptoms of a concussion. He was not treated on the field for any leg or other bodily injuries.
Trainers and coaches then led the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior to the back corner of the practice area before eventually sending him out of the facility. Head coach Jim Mora declined to comment. Continue reading
SAN BERNARDINO — During a recent fall camp practice, one of the officials brought in to help UCLA suppress penalties approached Jim Mora. One of the hits, he told the Bruins’ head coach, would have resulted in an ejection.
Forty-five minutes after the session ended, the official changed course: Upon further review, there wasn’t enough evidence that the player had targeted a defenseless opponent.
“Well, OK, so do I get to now bring in, ‘Go put your stuff back on, get back out’?” Mora said Thursday. “How does that work? I don’t like it.”
Such is the fault in human judgment. Tweaks to the college football rulebook have greatly increased the penalty for football players who aim at an opponent’s head or neck — especially with intent that exceeds a legal tackle or block. In the past, the punishment was a 15-yard penalty. Continue reading