UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr has been awarded the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Award in a field that included James Morris from Iowa, Chris Borland from Wisconsin and USC’s Devon Kennard, The award, named in honor of Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, a USC alum and one of the best safeties ever to play in the NFL as a member of the San Frnacisco 49ers. Barr was one of the more exciting players in all of college football because of his speed, athleticism and ability to make big plays. He was able to amass 62 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Barr, recruited as a running back by Rick Neuheisel because that is where he wanted to play, was moved back to his more natural position on defense by Jim Mora. He has been an impact player since the move and hit the ground running. Barr has helped the Bruins quality to play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31st..
The 2012 winner of the award was Notre Dame’ Manti Te’o. Congratulations to Anthony Barr on the award.