UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr had an outstanding season in Westwood, and now the much-deserved recognition is flooding in.
The Lott Impact Trophy equally considers the character carried off the field by defensive players, as well as their prowess on the field.
Only the Pac-12 and the Big Ten conferences were represented in the list of finalists. Barr beat out Wisconsin's Chris Borland, Iowa's James Morris and USC's Devon Kennard for the honor.
Barr succeeded Notre Dame great Manti Te'o, last year's winner. He also became the first Bruin to win the award and is just the second player from the Pac-12 to join the trophy's esteemed list of winners.
The award is named for USC and San Francisco 49ers legend Ronnie Lott.
Barr tallied 63 tackles on the year and was No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in his conference with 20 tackles for a loss. He also notched 10 sacks, which slated him 13th nationally and second in the Pac-12. The 6'4", 245-pound senior also led the nation with six forced fumbles.
UCLA finished tied for first in the Pac-12 with 17 forced fumbles.
This was just Barr's second season at linebacker. He moved to defense from UCLA's "F-back" slot in 2012. He is expected to be one of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft.
First, Barr will close out his collegiate season on Jan. 31 in the Sun Bowl against Virginia Tech.