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Donald named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

You can run but you can't hide from the nation's top tackle.

You can run but you can't hide from the nation's top tackle.

Nov. 5, 2013

   PITTSBURGH—A day after being named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald  received another award on Tuesday — this one national in scope — for his dominating performance at Georgia Tech.

   The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) honored Donald as the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of Nov. 2. Donald compiled one of the most impressive stat lines of the 2013 college football season when he had 11 tackles (all solo), six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a sack against the Yellow Jackets.

   Donald’s six TFLs are the most by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player this season. Incredibly, nearly 10% of Georgia Tech’s 63 offensive plays ended with a TFL by Donald.

   The 6-foot, 285-pound Pittsburgh native 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 is a strong candidate for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, annually presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. Five finalists for the prestigious award will be announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Nov. 21. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 9 during a banquet that the Charlotte Touchdown Club sponsors at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.


 

 

   Donald was recently named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He is also a viable candidate for the 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.

—PITT—