If you missed it, UCLA football swallowed Rice 49-24 on Thursday night. In that game, fans found a ton to be excited about while also taking a sober look at the squad and its many mistakes.
One of the positives that came out of last night was running back-turned-linebacker Anthony Barr, who had never taken a snap as a defensive player prior to this game.
And in his first game as linebacker? The dude was solid. Just check out these highlights, via our friends at Punting Is Winning:
Barr proved to be a really nice option at linebacker, and though the secondary had us all miffed, it was that linebacking corps and the guys up front that played aggressive as hell and broke up run plays constantly. (Although credit our secondary for not allowing massive yards after the catch.)
Barr was fun to watch last night, to be sure, and he alleviated the loss of defensive leader Patrick Larimore.
Six tackles for Barr, along with a lot of just really smart play despite Rice’s somehow-not-bad passing game.
We’re looking forward to the kind of play we’re about to get from Barr; he requested the switch from running back to linebacker, so he obviously knew just how damn good he can be on the defensive side of the ball.
— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) August 31, 2012