Looking back now, one of the best things that happened for the UCLA Bruins in 2013 was linebacker Anthony Barr’s decision to play his senior season in Los Angeles. For the regular season, Barr finished up with a jaw-dropping 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He was a human nightmare for opposing Pac-12 offenses, more or less.
Now though, with just the bowl game left, the focus as it pertains to Barr now switches to what kind of damage he could possibly do at the next level of the National Football League.
Well, if you ask Bruins linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich who spent 10 years in the NFL with the 49ers, he believes that Barr can wreak almost the same havoc at the next level that he did in college.
In speaking about his star player, Ulbrich expressed the possibility of Barr becoming one of the stars of the NFL on a yearly basis:
“He’s nowhere near a finished product,” Ulbrich says. “I think he’s a guy who will continue to get better and will become a perennial All-Pro in the NFL. I tell NFL people looking at him, ‘If you like what you see, you’ll love what you get.’”
Those are some pretty lofty expectations to live up to, but if this year was any indication, Barr certainly has a great chance to live up to them.