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Aaron Donald's Pitt Pro Day

Pitt Pro Day Highlights

Pitt Players Impress at the NFL Combine

Pitt's Aaron Donald, Tom Savage and Devin Street have been in Indianapolis the last few days representing the Panthers at the 2014 NFL Combine. The trio have been impressive, to say the least. Pitt Live Wire has compiled below a few of the highlights from the coverage. Donald, Savage and Street will now look forward to Pitt's Pro Day on March 3 and the NFL Draft, held May 8-10 in New York City.


Donald's Dominance Should Pay Off (Steelers.com) * VIDEO

Aaron Donald measures up to Jadeveon Clowney

Aaron Donald's 40-yard Dash (NFL.com video)

Aaron Donald vs. Ndamukong Suh in the 40-yard dash (NFL.com video)

2014 NFL combine: Pitt's Aaron Donald -- not Clowney -- big winner (CBSSports.com)

Aaron Donald's also opening eyes with his 40 (profootballtalk.com)

Aaron Donald and Devin Street on Trib Live Radio

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock calls former Rutgers QB Tom Savage a draft 'wild card' (The Star-Ledger)

Inside the NFL Combine: Street, Robinson try to catch on (Timesonline.com)

Just Like Geno (SI.com)

Aaron Donald Meets with the Media (StLouisRams.com)

Aaron Donald: Scouting Combine Results and Instant Reaction (Bleacher Report)

Aaron Donald Impressing at Senior Bowl

In just his first day of practice at the 2014 Senior Bowl, DT Aaron Donald was the talk of the town. Here are just a few of the comments and stories on the former Pitt star.




Bowl Practice Coverage

Aaron Donald Looks to be Unanimous All-American

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press.

The NCAA uses five All-America squads to determine consensus and unanimous status: AP, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers (FWAA), Sporting News and Walter Camp. Aaron has already been named to three of these squads (first-team selection by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp.) The other two teams will be announced this week.

The last Pitt player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

The last Pitt defensive player to be a unanimous first-team All-American was defensive end Hugh Green in 1980. (Green was also unanimous in 1979. 

Pitt players have earned unanimous status 13 times (11 different players - Green and Bill Fralic [1983-84] were two-time unanimous picks).

The Sporting News All-America Team

The Walter Camp All-America Team

The complete 2013 AP All-America Team:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.
Running backs -- Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.
Tackles -- Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.
Guards -- Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.
Center -- Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.
Wide receivers -- Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.
Tight end -- Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.
All-purpose player -- Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.
Kicker -- Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.
Tackles -- Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.
Linebackers -- Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.
Cornerbacks -- Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.
Safeties -- Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.
Punter -- Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.
Running backs -- Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.
Tackles -- Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.
Guards -- Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.
Center -- Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.
Wide receivers -- Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.
Tight end -- Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.
All-purpose player -- Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.
Kicker -- Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.
Tackles -- Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.
Linebackers -- Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.
Cornerbacks -- Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.
Safeties -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.
Punter -- Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.

THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback -- A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.
Running backs -- Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.
Tackles -- Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.
Guards -- John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.
Center -- Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.
Wide receivers -- Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.
Tight end -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.
All-purpose player -- Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.
Kicker -- Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.

DEFENSE
Ends -- Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.
Tackles -- Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.
Linebackers --Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.
Cornerbacks -- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.
Safeties -- Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.
Punter -- Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.

Aaron Donald Named CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year

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Continuing to add to his tally of honors and awards, on Tuesday senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the CBSSports.com Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team selection

CBSSports.com will run a live online show at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the team. Included in the broadcast will be an interview with Donald. 

Aaron Donald -- ESPN College Football Awards Show



Tonight marks the end of Aaron Donald's whirlwind tour as it comes to a close at the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. We're all hoping for a sweep of awards tonight as Aaron has already taken home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Tonight he is a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, both given out on the awards show which airs live on ESPN from 7-9 p.m. 

Prior to the show, there will be a Red Carpet Special on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. and Aaron will be interviewed live during that hour. Additionally, following the show, turn back to ESPNU for the awards postgame show. 

Continue to come back to Pitt Live Wire throughout the night and into tomorrow for rolling coverage from our Pitt Live Wire staff on the scene in Orlando. Good luck to Aaron and Hail to Pitt!

 

Aaron Donald -- Rotary Lombardi Award Winner



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On Monday night, senior DT Aaron Donald became the first Pitt player since 1980 to win a national defensive award when he took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Aaron won trophy No. 2 on Wednesday night when he traveled to Houston for the Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony. The ceremony, which honors the nation's top lineman or linebacker, was broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network and featured finalists Donald, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.



To talk about his Nagurski Trophy win and his week full of travel, Aaron appeared on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan's morning show with hosts Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony and guest, Steeler Larry Foote. The conversation ranged from his approach on the field, to how it felt to win the Nagurski Trophy, to the quality of food at the banquets and advice for Aaron as he looks to his NFL career. Listen to the entire podcast here.  

Aaron also spoke with Trib Live Radio's Dejan Kovacevic on Wednesday live from Houston prior to his appearance at the Rotary Lombardi Award Banquet and spoke about his awards, the team's upcoming Little Caesars Pizza Bowl appearance and his thoughts on the NFL. Listen to the entire podcast here. 

Aaron Donald -- Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner


One down, three to go! Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald is your 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Congratulations, Aaron!

This week, Aaron is going to be traveling the country as he is a finalist for four national awards. Monday night's stop was Charlotte, N.C., for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, handed out to the top defensive player in all of college football. Check out some behind the scenes interviews with not only the man of the hour, AD, but hear from his parents as well. The emotion and excitement is real and I hope you come along with us for this journey! 






Aaron Donald Season Highlights

You've asked for them so here they are -- Aaron Donald's 2013 season highlights. It was tough to cut down, but here are the best in 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the Pitt senior star DT. 

Full interviews from "A Football Story: Aaron Donald"

Last week Pitt Live Wire brought you "A Football Story: Aaron Donald" but there was a lot you missed that wasn't able to be included in the piece. We'd never want to cheat you, so here they are. Full interviews conducted by Bill Hillgrove with head coach Paul Chryst and Aaron Donald. Hear more insight by Coach Chryst on what makes Aaron special, and Aaron tells you in his own words why he's exactly where he's always wanted to be.

Happy Thanksgiving! -- Live Wire Film Room

Happy Thanksgiving from Pitt Athletics! We have immeasurable things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and you are certainly at the top of the list. There's another guy that we can all be thankful is a part of our Pitt family -- Aaron Donald. Take a few minutes to watch as Pat Bostick breaks down his performance against Syracuse. 

Aaron Donald vs. Syracuse

Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald continues to be recognized nationally for his performances on the field. The fascination with him is growing and these highlights from his game last weekend against Syracuse only add to the excitement. Take a look!

Donald Receiving Heisman Considersation

Aaron Donald Heisman
Aaron Donald News

Pitt BulletPitt DT Aaron Donald is having an amazing season (CollegeFootballTalk.com)
Pitt BulletBig Picture: A murky Heisman picture and a bunch of coaching scoops (CBSSports.com)
Pitt BulletEventful Week 13 highlights flaws of BCS era; more Overtime (SportsIllustrated.com)
Pitt BulletUSA TODAY Sports Heisman Survey: Jameis Winston leads growing pool (USAToday.com)
Pitt BulletWhat is the Heisman? (CBSSports.com)

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Paul Chryst Press Conference

The weekly Paul Chryst Press Conference was held earlier today at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Head Coach Paul Chryst spoke with the media and was followed by OL Ryan Schlieper and DT Aaron Donald.


A Football Story: Aaron Donald

On Thursday, Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald was named as a finalist for both the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and he currently sits as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, The Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Outland Trophy (finalists will be named next week). At Pitt Live Wire, we wanted to bring you a look at what others think of Aaron and what makes him so successful. Enjoy this special edition of "A Football Story: Aaron Donald."

Is Aaron Donald the next Geno Atkins?

The NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote an article on Tuesday comparing Pitt DT Aaron Donald to Cincinnati Bengals star Geno Atkins. 

"Measuring 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Donald nearly matches Atkins' (6-foot-1, 303 pounds) physical dimensions, but it is his explosive quickness, athleticism and disruptive game that has scouts comparing him to the Bengals' star."



Aaron Donald Highlights vs Notre Dame

Pitt star DT Aaron Donald, who is up for every major defensive award nationally, finished the Notre Dame game with a tackle assist. The stat sheet doesn't come close to telling the story, however. So we'll tell the story for you. Take a look at his highlights and the impact he had in the game below.

Pitt Football Coverage

There have been some great Pitt football features in the media on Wednesday morning including a column on QB Tom Savage in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, an article on DB Ray Vinopal in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a feature on star DT Aaron Donald on ESPN.com. To get more insight on these standouts, check out the links below!


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