The nation's best defensive tackle: Aaron Donald
Nov. 4, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had one of the finest individual performances of the 2013 college football season this past weekend at Georgia Tech, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Donald was simply dominant against the Yellow Jackets, compiling 11 tackles (all solo), six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a sack. The six TFLs are the most by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player this season.
Perhaps the most incredible stat of the night: Georgia Tech ran 63 offensive plays, nearly 10% of which ended in a TFL by Donald.
Donald is making a strong case for being the country’s most disruptive defensive lineman. He leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), ranks third in sacks (1.1 per game) and is 12th in forced fumbles (0.38 per game).
Through eight games he has totaled 36 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, nine quarterback sacks, eight QB hurries and three forced fumbles.
Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) enters the final stretch of the regular season as a strong All-America candidate. This past month he was named a first team “Midseason All-American” by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and SI.com.
Donald was recently named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He is also a strong candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
Donald and the Panthers will be back in action this Saturday, Nov. 9, when they host Notre Dame at Heinz Field. The game will be nationally televised by ABC (WTAE-TV, Channel 4, in Pittsburgh) and kick off at 8 p.m.
Reserved seating for the Pitt-Notre Dame game is officially sold out. However, fans who still want to see this historic rivalry in person can purchase standing-room-only tickets for $50. A limited number of standing-room tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.PittsburghPanthers.com, in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office or by calling 1-800-643-PITT (7488).
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