By City News Service
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr was announced Sunday as the recipient of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded to college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Barr was a first-team All-Pacific-12 Conference selection. He led the Bruins in tackles for losses with 20 and quarterback sacks with 10. He also participated in youth and outreach programs.
USC outside linebacker Devon Kennard, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Iowa linebacker James Morris were the other finalists. All four finalists are seniors.
The UCLA general scholarship fund will receive a $25,000 donation, while the other three finalists' schools will each receive $5,000 from the IMPACT Foundation, which recognizes and supports national and local charities serving youths.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.
The winner is determined by a vote of members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and former college football coaches.
The award has been presented annually since 2004 and is named for Lott, who played safety for USC from 1977-80 and for four NFL teams from 1981-1995. He was selected to both the college and professional football halls of fame.
The trophy was presented at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Pacific- 12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott was keynote speaker at the ceremony.