Aaron Donald was the most dominant and decorated defensive player of the 2013 college football season...was an unblockable force from his defensive tackle position despite facing an array of schemes designed to slow him down...called a "one-man wrecking crew" by multiple opposing head coaches...he earned unanimous first-team All-America status, the first Pitt defensive player to be a unanimous selection since legendary defensive end Hugh Green in 1980...Donald was selected the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award, making him one of the most decorated players in Pitt history...also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media...selected to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game...finished as the NCAA statistical champion in tackles for loss, averaging an FBS-best 2.2 per game...Donald is only the sixth Pitt player since 1976 to finish as the national leader in a stat category...he also ranked 13th nationally in sacks (0.85 avg.) and 13th in forced fumbles (tied, 0.31 avg.)...on the season, Donald totaled 59 tackles, 28.5 TFLs, 11 sacks, 16 QB hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked extra point in 13 games...Donald had arguably the most dominant individual defensive performance of the entire 2013 college football season at Georgia Tech on Nov. 2.He compiled 11 tackles (all solo), six TFLs, two forced fumbles and a sack vs. the Yellow Jackets...the six TFLs were the most by an FBS player in 2013...was named the Bednarik Award National Defensive Player of the Week, Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his Georgia Tech performance...was named the Lott IMPACT and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week as well as the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after collecting nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 TFLs and two QB hurries at Syracuse on Nov. 23...he also blocked a PAT against the Orange which proved to be the decisive point in a 17-16 Pitt victory...was named the Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week following his two-sack performance in a 14-3 win over Virginia on Sept. 28...capped his brilliant senior season with five tackles, two TFLs and a key 11-yard sack in Pitt's 30-27 victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl...Donald's sack came with under a minute to play and helped end any Bowling Green hopes for a rally...Donald was named the bowl game's Most Valuable Lineman.
First-team All-Big East defensive tackle who compiled 64 total stops, 18.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble...led Big East and ranked 12th nationally in TFLs (1.54 per game)...played in and started 12 contests, missing the Sept. 22 Gardner-Webb game due to injury (right knee)...named Big East Defensive Player of the Week for performance against USF (five tackles, career-high four TFLs and a sack)...had a career-high 13 tackles at Connecticut, including two TFLs...recorded seven tackles and three TFLs with a sack in win over Rutgers.
Named to the FoxSportsNext.com All-America Team (second team)...All-Big East (second team) selection by league coaches...played every down lineman position in the 3-4 scheme...ranked seventh nationally in sacks (tied, 0.85 sacks/game)...ranked second in the Big East in sacks (11 total) and tackles for loss (tied, 16 total)...became only the fifth Pitt player since 1991 to compile 10 or more sacks in a season...played in all 13 games, starting the final five...each of his five starts came at defensive end...totaled 47 tackles, 16 TFLs, 11 sacks, 11 hurries and a forced fumble...had a career game vs. Utah with nine tackles and three sacks...had two sacks against both Connecticut and Louisville.
Played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle...had 11 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks on the year...had a season-high three stops at Syracuse...had his first career sack vs. Louisville for an eight-yard loss...had a nine-yard sack vs. Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Described as "one of the most dominating defensive linemen in WPIAL Class AAAA in recent years" while at Penn Hills...selected first team All-State Class AAAA by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers each of his final two seasons...Pennsylvania Football News All-Class AAAA...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...All-Big East Conference...compiled 63 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior...also started at offensive guard...a three-year starter overall at Penn Hills...the Indians advanced to the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs each of Donald's three years as a starter...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic...rated one of the country's top 25 defensive tackles by Scout...rated Pennsylvania's No. 8 overall prospect by Scout and No. 14 by Rivals and SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region...played under Coach Ron Graham.
Aaron Charles Donald, born 5/23/91, is the son of Anita Goggins and Archie Donald...has one brother and one sister...brother Archie played linebacker at Toledo...enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences.
05/12/2014 - Snead said the Rams were so glad to get Donald that they never considered trading down. "We're jacked with the pick," he said. "He's very productive and way ahead at this point in hand use. He's an impressive young man." Although Donald is 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Snead said he won't be asked to get bigger. "His game isn't size," Snead said. "He's short, but that helps him get leverage. Getting bigger wouldn't help him. His game is not size. His game is to penetrate." And that he did, totaling 66 tackles for loss in four seasons at Pittsburgh, including 28.5 in 2013. For his part, Donald said he's "excited" to be with the Rams. "They have the best defensive line in the NFL and I'm pumped up to be a part of it," he said. "I can't wait to get with the coaches and get to work." - The Sports Xchange