Barr, who is the only Bruin player in contention for both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards, played on defense for the first time in his collegiate career in 2012, ranking second in the nation in sacks (13.5) and tied for fifth in the country in tackles for loss (21.5). A second-team Associated Press All-America selection, he had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each game and his 2012 season total ranked fourth on the all-time school list. Barr's total of 13.5 sacks was the second-highest single-season total in UCLA annals. He was named first-team all-conference by the league's coaches and was an honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection.
Su'a-Filo, a true junior, is also up for the Lombardi Award. He was a starter in all 14 games at left guard in 2012, serving as the team's offensive co-captain. He also saw action at left tackle during the year. He was instrumental in helping pave the way for running back Johnathan Franklin, who set new school records for career and single-season rushing in 2012. Su'a-Filo was named a second-team All-American by Fox Sports NEXT, also garnering third-team honors from the Associated Press and CBSSports.com. He started all 13 games as a freshman in 2009 before going on a two-year Mormon mission.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The complete watch list can be found HERE
Kendricks led the Pac-12 Conference in tackles with an average of 10.7 per game in 2012, a mark which rated ninth in the nation. His total of 150 tackles was the most by a Bruin player since Jerry Robinson registered a school-record 161 stops in the 1978 campaign. Kendricks also returned two fumbles for touchdowns (v. Houston, at Washington State), blocked a punt (v. USC) and made his first career interception (v. USC) last season. He recorded nine games with double-digit tackles, including the final seven contests of the year, topped by a high of 17 in the win at Arizona State. Kendricks was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions last season following wins over USC and Arizona. He was an honorable mention all-conference pick.
Zumwalt, a senior, saw action in 13 games, nine as a starter, in 2012. He ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles and was fifth on the team with 8.0 tackles for loss. He had one of his best games of the season in the Pac-12 Championship at Stanford, where he led the team with 12 tackles, including one for a loss. Zumwalt also shined in the Holiday Bowl, recording 15 tackles, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
The Butkus Award is given to the top linebacker in all of college football. The complete watch list can be found HERE