When Anthony Barr first met his new head coach at UCLA, Jim Mora, Barr had an unusual request.

Barr, a standout running back at Los Angeles Loyola High, had seen little action in his first two years under former coach Rick Neuheisel.

So the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Barr asked Mora if he could play on the other side of the ball, as an outside linebacker, in his junior year. Mora agreed.