Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald wins Nagurski Trophy

Aaron Donald was named the Nagurski Trophy winner on Monday.  (USATSI)
Aaron Donald was named the Nagurski Trophy winner on Monday. (USATSI)

The Bronko Nagurksi Trophy, presented annually to the nation's best defensive player, was awarded to Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald on Monday night in Charlotte, N.C..

The Charlotte Touchdown Club honored Donald, along with Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the annual ceremony.

Donald is the first player in Pittsburgh history to win the award; which was founded in 1993. The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette was on the scene, and provided some comments from Panthers coach Paul Chryst.

"I think one of the most impressive things is he made a lot of plays at key moments,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. "That’s what the great ones do. When you need it most, he delivered quite a few times. I think he did a lot even when it didn’t register as a TFL or a sack."

Pittsburgh plays Bowling Green in the Little Caesar's Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit. In other Little Caeser's Bowl related news, the Falcons coach is expected to be announced as Wake Forest's next head coach on Tuesday.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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