Pittsburgh—For the fifth time this offseason, Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named to a major award watch list.
The latest recognition comes from the Rotary Lombardi Award, which named Donald to its preliminary watch list for the 2013 season. The Rotary Lombardi Award is annually presented to the college lineman of the year by the Rotary Club of Houston.
Eligibility for the award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by receiving All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2013 preseason honors.
Donald was previously named a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Outland Trophy. He was selected a preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports and Phil Steele.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) enters his senior season already owning impressive career credentials. He was named All-Big East each of the past two years, collecting 16.5 sacks and 34.5 TFLs during that span.
In 2012, Donald compiled 64 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He led the Big East and ranked 12th nationally with 1.54 TFLs per game.