Oct. 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, college football’s active career leader in quarterback sacks, has been named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, annually presented to the country’s “Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.”
The award is named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and emphasizes athletic performance as well as personal character attributes.
Donald is one of 20 quarterfinalists. Only two defensive linemen – Donald and Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt – were named to the list.
Midway through his final collegiate season, Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) is making a case for being the best interior defensive lineman in the country. He has been a relentless force for the Panthers with eight quarterback sacks and 12.5 total tackles for loss. Donald leads the country in both sacks per game (1.33 avg.) and TFLs per game (2.08 avg.).
Donald is the nation’s active career leader with 26.5 sacks. That total ranks tied for fourth all-time at Pitt.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy recognition is the latest honor for Donald. Last week he was named a first team “Midseason All-American” by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and SI.com. Donald is also a candidate for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
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Eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced on Nov. 13 and four finalists will be announced on Nov. 27. The winner will be announced at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet on Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. For more information on the Lott IMPACT Trophy, visit www.LottImpactTrophy.org.
Donald and the Panthers (4-2, 2-2 ACC) will play at Navy (3-3) this Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.
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