Pitt DT Aaron Donald Wins Lombardi Award
By Kristen Finstad
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald's list of honors and trophies just keeps growing, as he was named this year's Lombardi Award winner on Wednesday.
Donald beat out three other finalists for the award, which is given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker in the nation. The 6-foot, 285-pound lineman was chosen over UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam by a national selection committee consisting of more than 400 voters.
"This is an incredible honor," Donald said on PittsburghPanthers.com. "The name 'Lombardi' says it all. All of the finalists are such great players. I'm blessed to be chosen for this award."
Donald, who led the nation with 26.5 tackles for a loss this season, ranks 13th in the country in sacks at 0.83 per game and is 10th in forced fumbles. The All-America candidate had his most dominant outing of the season at Georgia Tech on Nov. 2, when he collected 11 solo tackles, including six tackles for loss — the most by any FBS player this season — to go with two forced fumbles and a sack.
Donald is the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. He's also a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award, which will both be announced Thursday night.
Pitt will face Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.