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


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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