Postseason honors are starting to trickle in. Sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Donald was the first Pitt player to claim an honor. Donald has been named a second-team All-American by FoxSportsNext.com.
Donald has made an impact to the defensive line, dating back to his freshman year last year. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman, and recorded two sacks—one of which came in last year’s BBVA Compass Bowl. He finished his rookie season with 11 tackles, three tackles for losses and two sacks.
As a sophomore, Donald finished with 42 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries. His tackles for losses, sacks and hurries are all team-highs. His 10.5 sacks this season earned him another bench mark. He is just the fifth player in the last 20 years to have 10 or more sacks, joining Ricardo McDonald (12 sacks in 1991), Bryan Knight (12.5 in 2000), Joe Clermond (10.5 in 2007) and teammate Brandon Lindsey who had 10 sacks last season.