News: UCLA running Jordon James was recently converted to the fullback spot -- and thanks to Anthony Barr's knee surgery James is now the starter.
Analysis: It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for James, but now he's the starter and will likely be that for the next month. Barr had a couple scores, so it's conceivable that he will get some goal line action as well as catch the ball a bit.
News: UCLA fullback Anthony Barr is bothered by a gimpy knee and could miss this weekend's game.
Analysis: Barr has been plagued by issues beginning in fall camp, but the latest flare-up could cost him some time. If Barr can't go, Jordan James would be the starter. Wide receiver Ricky Marvray has been seeing some time at fullback, too.
News: UCLA fullback Anthony Barr has put his balky hamstring behind him and is ready to go full bore in the opener. Barr was bothered for about 10 days with a sore hammy, but is now healed.
Analysis: With Damien Thigpen out with his own hamstring issues, it's very likely that Barr will play the majority of snaps at fullback. He'll get a few carries and probably catch a pass or two in addition to his blocking duties.
News: With his sore hamstring behind him, UCLA fullback Anthony Barr returned to practice and quickly assumed his role as the starter.
Analysis: The Bruins have been hit by injury at the fullback spot, so Barr's return is very important. Coach Rich Neuheisel said that Barr's role in the offense will be expanded. He won't touch the ball a ton, but he'll rush a little and catch passes for the Bruins.
News: UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel is giving "F-back" Anthony Barr some carries out of the backfield.
Analysis: It doesn't appear that Barr will be a full-time back anytime soon, but at 6-4 and 230 pounds he does present some interesting options for the UCLA braintrust.
News: UCLA sophomore fullback Anthony Barr returned to practice Tuesday after missing some time with a tender hamstring. Barr is the presumptive starter, so his return and incorporation back into the offense is a big positive.
Analysis: Barr had four starts a season ago and figures to have his moments with quick-hitters between the tackles and in the receiving game.
News: With hamstring injuries hampering UCLA fullbacks Anthony Barr and Damien Thigpen, running back Jordan James has been moved to fullback.
Analysis: At this point, it's hard to figure who will be ready to go when the season-opener comes around. The initial thought is both Barr and Thigpen could be ready, but there's obvious doubt in that theory with the move of James to the fullback slot.
News: UCLA running back Damien Thigpen pulled his hamstring in practice and could be out for a few weeks.
Analysis: Thigpen cannot stay healthy, and the UCLA offense remains a snake-bitten unit. Look for Anthony Barr to assume Thipgen's role with the starting unit.
News: UCLA running back Damien Thigpen could take on several roles this season for the Bruins. Anthony Barr is the starting fullback, but Thigpen offers the ability to operate in space, so he could see some action at the tight end, wide receiver and h-back spots as the season progresses.
Analysis: Coach Rick Neuheisel said that Thigpen's ability in the open field lends itself to him lining up all over the formation trying to isolate him on defenders who can't handle him.