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Three Pitt Players Prepare for NFL Combine

Devin Street and Tom Savage

Devin Street and Tom Savage

Feb. 10, 2014

    PITTSBURGH—Three University of Pittsburgh football products will participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine held this month in Indianapolis, Ind.                             

    The former Pitt standouts to receive invitations are defensive lineman Aaron Donald, quarterback Tom Savage and wide receiver Devin Street. This year’s NFL Scouting Combine will be held Feb. 19-25. (The NFL Network will carry exclusive live televised coverage of the event Feb. 22-25.)

    The combine brings together the NFL’s top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from each of the league’s 32 teams to evaluate the country’s elite college football players who are draft eligible.

    Player participants are determined annually by a selection committee. The directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation.

    Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) was the most decorated — and dominant — defensive player of the 2013 college football season. A unanimous first team All-American, he totaled 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 16 QB hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point in 13 games.


 

 

    Donald finished as the NCAA statistical champion in tackles for loss, averaging an FBS-best 2.2 per game. He also ranked 13th nationally in sacks (0.85 avg.) and 13th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.31 avg.).

    The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald was selected the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media, making him one of the most decorated players in Pitt football history.

    In his lone season of eligibility at Pitt, Savage (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) threw for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns against just nine interceptions. He completed 61% of his passes (238 of 389) and also rushed for three TDs. Savage’s 2,958 passing yards rank fifth on Pitt's single-season list.

    The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback produced one of the finest single-game passing efforts in school history in Pitt's 58-55 win at Duke. He completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes. Savage’s yardage total was the most by a Pitt quarterback since 1997 and ranks fourth in school history. 

    Street (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) finished as Pitt’s all-time leading pass catcher with 202 career receptions. He finished third in career receiving yardage with 2,901, only 160 yards shy of all-time leader Antonio Bryant (3,061 yards from 1999-2001).

    The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Street reached those career milestones despite being limited to 10 games as a senior due to two separate injuries (shoulder and elbow). He totaled 51 catches for 854 yards (16.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns on the year and was named All-ACC (third team) by the media. 

    Pitt capped the 2013 season with a 30-27 victory over Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green in Detroit’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

    Media covering the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine for any or all of its four days must apply for credentials at NFLmedia.com. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Feb. 11.

    (LINK: The complete list of invited prospects to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine)

    The 2014 NFL Draft will be held May 8-10. The first round will take place on Thursday, May 8, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 10.

—PITT—