Dec 27, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) against the Baylor Bears in the 2012 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Baylor defeated UCLA 49-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr earns Bednarik Award Player of the Week honors

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UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr has been named the nation’s best defender for Week 3, as he earned Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week honors Thursday.

In UCLA’s 41-21 win against host Nebraska last week, Barr recorded a career-high 11 tackles (two for loss) and forced three fumbles.

UCLA (2-0) hosts New Mexico State (0-3) at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl (Pac-12 Network).

Barr was also named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Bronco Nagurski Player of the Week.

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