July 12, 2012
PITTSBURGH — Junior defensive lineman Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) was named to the 71-player watch list for the Outland Trophy, annually presented to the nation’s top interior lineman. It is the second appearance on a watch list this preseason for Donald, who was also selected as a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defender).
Donald played every position on the defensive front last season, compiling 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 11 hurries and a forced fumble. Donald became only the fifth Pitt player since 1991 to compile 10 or more sacks in a season. He ranked seventh nationally in that category with an average of 0.85 per game. In addition to being named All-Big East, Donald was also honored on the FoxSportsNext.com All-America Team (second team).
The 2012 season marks the first for Paul Chryst as head coach at Pitt. Chryst comes to Pittsburgh following an accomplished eight-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time finalist for the Broyles Award, annually presented to college football's top assistant coach.
Widely recognized as one of the game's finest strategists, Chryst directed a Wisconsin offense last year that averaged a school-record 44.1 points per game en route to the Badgers' second consecutive Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth.
Pitt season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $99 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. All Pitt and UPMC employees are eligible for a 20% discount.
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