The past week has been a bit light in terms of hard football news, as UCLA students went through final exams and the football team as a whole is still in the early stages of preparation for the New Year's Eve game against Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl. But this slow period between the end of the regular season and the bowl games provides a little quiet time to give out awards - like the Lott Trophy awarded to Anthony Barr - and announce the top players of the regular season.
Nestor already noted ESPN's snub of Anthony Barr on their All-American team - they also left Xavier Su'a-Filo completely out of their ratings of draft-eligible prospects - but none of the other major A-A teams made the same oversight.
The Associated Press might be the most widely-known post-season All-American list. Those media voters rated Barr as a 1st team All-American at Linebacker and named Xavier Su'a-Filo to the 2nd team at Guard. Former UCLA beat/current San Jose Mercury News sportswriter Jon Wilner is one of the AP voters, and released his personal ballot in advance of the AP team announcement: He voted Barr, Jack and Su'a-Filo on his 2nd-team (Jack as an all-purpose player).
Athlon Sports had the same idea as Wilner, but went even further by naming Myles Jack as a 1st team All-Americanas an all-purpose player, joining Anthony Barr on the 1st team. Su'a-Filo made their 2nd team at Guard. Those three were also named 1st team all Pac-12, though somehow Eric Kendricks was left off both the 1st and 2nd team all-conference lists. Athlon has both a freshman AA team and an overall freshman ranking. Myles Jack and Alex Redmond were named 1st team Frosh All-Americans, and Eddie Vanderdoes a 2nd team AA. In their ranking of thetop-25 freshmen of 2013 (true freshmen and redshirts) Jack came in at #6, and Vanderdoes at #19.
Sports Illustrated named Anthony Barr to their 1st team, with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Myles Jack as honorable mentions at O-Line and Linebacker, respectively. Barr on the 1st team was UCLA's only representation on CBS Sports' All-American lists. Fox Sports took a different approach in listing their all-america picks, listing the individual 1st-team selections of each of their seven CFB analysts rather than combining them into one team (or set of 1st/2nd teams). Barr was a unanimous choice at linebacker and Jack was listed on 5 of 7 ballots (4 as an all-purpose player, and 1 at linebacker). Eddie George, Joey Harrington and Petros named Su'a-Filo as one of the top-2 guards in college football this year.
SB Nation did a nice job in making a cool looking webpage for their all-american team, and a nice job in their Bruin representation: Anthony Barr as a 1st team linebacker, Xavier Su'a-Filo at 2nd team guard, with Myles Jack receiving enough votes to come in as a 3rd team linebacker (SBN only named a 1st and 2nd team, but disclosed enough of their votes to go at least 3-deep at each position). Barr was their pick as Pac-12 defensive player of the year.
The Sporting News (yes, it does still exist) has several different postseason All-America and All-Conference lists. As you might guess, Anthony Barr was named to their overall AA 1st team. Three Bruins were named to their Freshman All-American team: Myles Jack, Alex Redmond and Eddie Vanderdoes. Barr, Jack and X-Man were named 1st team All Pac-12
Scout.com named several Bruins to its All-Freshman teams. On offense, Redmond was named to the 1st team at guard, with Thomas Duarte and Paul Perkins listed as honorable mentions. Jack and Vanderdoes were named tothe defensive 1st team, with Sean Covington coming in as one of two honorable mention punters.
247 Sports stripped away redshirts like Jameis Winston to create their True-Freshman All-American Teams. Myles Jack was named national True Freshman of the year and made the 1st team as an all-purpose player, with Alex Redmond joining him at Guard. Caleb Benenoch and Eddie Vanderdoes were named to the 2nd team.
Overall: Anthony Barr, Myles Jack and Xavier Su'a-Filo earned national All-American honors, with Barr and Jack gaining 1st team honors. Myles was joined by Alex Redmond and Eddie Vanderdoes as 1st team freshman All-Americans, with Caleb Benenoch, Sean Covington, Thomas Duarte and Paul Perkins also gaining recognition as some of the best freshmen of this season. Congratulations to them all, and to everyone wearing the blue and gold.