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