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Penn Hills alum Donald racking up awards, recognition as a Panther

| Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 10:12 a.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt's Aaron Donald plays against North Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Heinz Field.
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Pitt's Aaron Donald pressures North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams in the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Heinz Field.
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Pitt's Aaron Donald sacks Virginia QB David Watford in the first half on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald, a Penn Hills graduate, shows his nephew, Elijah Hickman, 23 months, of Monroeville, how to do a three-point stance during a youth football clinic prior to the University of Pittsburgh football team’s annual Blue-Gold Spring Scrimmage at the North Hills School District's Martorelli Stadium in West View. Photo by Randy Jarosz

Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the winner of the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday, annually presented to the “nation's most outstanding defensive player” by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America.

The announcement was made at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet on Monday evening at the Charlotte Westin Hotel. Donald was chosen as the winner by the FWAA All-America Committee. The other finalists for the award included Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.

Donald led the nation in sacks at 1.6 per game and tackles-for-loss at 2.4 per game. He was also named to the All-ACC First Team and was recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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