UCLA's Anthony Barr has first game without tackle for loss

Colorado made a bit of history against UCLA on Saturday night, holding the Bruins' All-America outside linebacker Anthony Barr without a tackle for loss for the first time in his college career.

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Barr, who played offense until new head coach Jim Mora arrived in Westwood, Calif., last year, had posted at least one-half tackle for loss in each of his first 21 games on the other side of the ball.

Barr finished with five tackles in the 45-23 win over the Buffaloes, but it wasn't as if his UCLA teammates fared any better, accounting for just three tackles for loss with one sack.

Still, the quiet performance won't do any damage to Barr's sky-high draft stock. Barr is No. 1 on the Hot 100 list of top seniors compiled by NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt and could be jockeying with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to be the top defensive player in the 2014 NFL Draft.

If anything, the Colorado game reinforces how seamless Barr's transition to defense has been and how exceptional he could be once he masters the position.

Follow Dan Greenspan on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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