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UCLA LB Anthony Barr wins Pac-12 defensive player of year award

UCLA junior linebacker Anthony Barr was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year thanks to his 13.5 sacks.

Harry How

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by collegefootballnews.com. The second-team AP All-American leads the nation in sacks with a total of 13.5.

Barr, a junior who spent his first two seasons at UCLA as a running back, is sixth in the country in sacks per game and his 13.5 total sacks ranks second on the Bruins' all-time single-season school list. The linebacker is tied for ninth in the country in tackles for loss with 20.5, which is fifth on the Bruins' all-time list. Barr is second on the Bruins in total tackles with 74 and leads the team with four forced fumbles.

Barr has received numerous other honors this season, as he was selected first-team All-Pac-12 by the coaches, Phil Steele and collegefootballnews.com. Barr was also voted second-team All-American by CBSSports.com and SI.com.

Barr and UCLA will take on the Baylor Bears in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27.