Nov. 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the nation’s leader in tackles for loss, has been named a semifinalist 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 the only defensive tackle on the nine-player semifinalist list.
In addition to the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Donald is also a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award.
Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) is making a case for being the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in all of college football. He has been a fixture in the opponent’s backfield this season with nine quarterback sacks and 19.5 total tackles for loss.
Described by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly as a "one-man wrecking crew," Donald leads the country in tackles for loss per game (2.2 avg.). He ranks seventh nationally in sacks (tied, 1.0 per game) and 14th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.33 per game).
He is the only defensive tackle to be ranked among the country’s top-10 players in sacks this season. Donald is the FBS active career leader with 27.5 sacks.
(ESPN.COM FEATURE LINK: “Donald making big plays for Pitt”)
Four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy 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 (5-4, 2-3 ACC) take on Coastal Division foe North Carolina (4-5, 3-3) this Saturday at Heinz Field. Pitt can earn bowl eligibility with a victory over the surging Tar Heels, who have won three consecutive games heading into this weekend’s contest.
The game will be televised by the ACC Network and shown locally on WTAE-TV, Channel 4.
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