Thursday, December 12, 2013
Aaron Donald wins Lombardi Award
By Andrea Adelson
Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald won his second national award this week, picking up the Lombardi Award as the top lineman or linebacker in America.
Donald beat out UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam for the honor, and received his award from the Rotary Club of Houston during a banquet Wednesday night.
"This is an incredible honor," Donald said. "The name ‘Lombardi’ says it all. All of the finalists are such great players. I’m blessed to be chosen for this award."
On Monday, Donald was presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, annually given to the “nation’s most outstanding defensive player” by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America. Donald was also chosen as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the media and the coaches.
He could add more hardware to his collection Thursday night during the Home Depot College Football Awards show. Donald is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the college defensive player of the year, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman.
Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.2 per game), while ranking 10th in forced fumbles and 13th in sacks. Nearly half of his 54 total tackles have come behind the line (26.5).