Nov. 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald received two more weekly honors today for his dominant performance in the Panthers’ 17-16 win at Syracuse. Donald has been named the Lott IMPACT National Defensive Player of the Week and was additionally selected the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Yesterday he was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
The 6-foot, 285-pound standout collected nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. He made the game’s decisive play – blocking an extra-point kick – as the Panthers edged the host Orange by the slimmest of margins.
(VIDEO: ACC Network Pitt-Syracuse Highlights)
With Donald’s Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honor, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a donation of $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Pitt. Donald is a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented annually 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 leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), while ranking 10th in sacks (0.91 per game) and 11th in forced fumbles (0.36 per game). Perhaps his most impressive statistic this season: more than half of his total tackles (51) have been behind the line of scrimmage (26).
A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Penn Hills High School, Donald is the active FBS career leader in total sacks (28.5) and solo sacks (27).
(VIDEO: “Donald: A Football Story”)
Donald is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He is also a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy.
Donald’s senior year production compares remarkably with former Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who swept the Lombardi, Outland, Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik awards in 2009 and was also a Heisman Trophy and Lott Trophy finalist.
The Panthers (6-5, 3-4 ACC) host the Miami Hurricanes (8-3, 4-3) this Friday, Nov. 29, at Heinz Field. It will be the final home appearance for Donald and 17 additional Pitt seniors.
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