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Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald Wins Lombardi and Outland Awards
Photo – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald picked up two prestigious awards Wednesday night, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophies.
Donald beat out Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Lombardi award given annually to the nation’s top college lineman.
It’s already been a big week for Donald, a senior defensive tackle who won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player Monday and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.
“It’s a true blessing and a true honor for people to notice me and notice the hard work I put into this game,” Donald said.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26½ tackles for losses and his 28½ career sacks are tops among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and fourth in school history.
Donald has 10 sacks, 54 tackles and has forced four fumbles this season.
Though Pittsburgh is headed to the play Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, Donald was disappointed that his 6-6 team didn’t do better.
“The record doesn’t show what we wanted as a team,” Donald said. “I just went out there and tried to do my job, and that’s play football fast and physical and try to make plays to help my team win.”
Award / Player / College
Walter Camp - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Maxwell - A.J. McCarron - Alabama
Dave O'Brien - Jameis Winston - Florida St
Doak Walker - Andre Williams - Boston College
Lombardi - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bednarik - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Outland - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Bronko Nagurski - Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh
Biletnikoff - Brandin Cooks - Oregon St.
Dick Butkus - C.J Mosley - Alabama
Jim Thorpe - Darqueze Dennard - Michigan St
Lou Groza - Roberto Aguayo - Florida St
Ray Guy – Tom Hornsey - Memphis
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.