Nov. 12, 2012
Anthony Barr was selected on Monday as the Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Pac-12 Conference (defensive winner). In recognition of Barr's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at UCLA.
The junior linebacker collected eight tackles, including 2.5 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, in last week's win over Washington State. The marks established career-bests in both sacks and tackles for loss for Barr, who played at running back during his first two seasons in the program.
Barr also blocked a punt in the WSU contest and recorded a safety on a sack in the end zone. On Washington State's first offensive series, he registered a sack on third down which forced a field goal attempt that was blocked and returned for the first score in the game. The junior's tackle for the safety, in the second quarter, handed UCLA a 23-7 lead and set up a touchdown after the free kick that resulted in a 30-7 advantage. Barr now has 11 sacks (1.10 average) and 17.0 tackles for loss (1.70) on the year, totals that rank second in the Pac-12 and tied for sixth in the nation. His sack total ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school single-season list (Dave Ball is first with 16.5 in 2003).
Barr was named a quarter-finalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy earlier this season. The Lott IMPACT Trophy is named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and honors the student-athlete who has the biggest IMPACT on his team on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Semi-finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 13 and four finalists Nov. 28. The four finalists will be invited to the Ninth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Ceremony in Newport Beach Dec. 9.