Even among an absolutely loaded field of linebackers in the 2013 FBS season -- see the finalists for the Butkus Award, which didn't even include Stanford's Trent Murphy or Wisconsin's Chris Borland -- UCLA 's Anthony Barr has stood out. And now he has the hardware to prove it.
Barr was named the winner of the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Sunday, taking the award over fellow finalists Borland, Devon Kennard of USC and James Morris of Iowa. Now in its 10th season, the award is given to college football's outstanding defensive player based on "both their performance on the field and their character off the field ... IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity."
Barr finished the Bruins' regular season with 20 tackles-for-loss, the fifth-highest total in the nation. He added 10 sacks, 43 solo tackles, five forced fumbles and four fumbles recovered.
Past winners of the award include Manti Te'o, Luke Kuechly, J.J. Watt, Glenn Dorsey, and others.
The award is given out by the The PAcific Club IMPACT Foundation, and is "the first national college football award based on the West Coast."