Aaron Donald earns Big East Honors

Pitt’s athletic department announced Monday that junior defensive lineman Aaron Donald earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week Honors for his dominant play in Pitt’s vital 27-3 win at South Florida Saturday night.

Donald had five tackles including a career-high four tackles for loss (14 yards). One t.f.l. was a nine-yard sack. Donald led the Big East this season in tackles-for-loss with 18.5 (1.68 average per game) and was ranked sixth in the nation.

Donald also leads the team in sacks with 5.5 and quarterback hurries with 11. He has 63 tackles for the season.

He helped lead the Pitt defense effort that held the Bulls to 117 yard of offense including an unbelievable 8 yards in total rushing for the game, the fewest rushing yards given up in ten years.

USF head coach Skip Holtz commented that a rushing play Saturday night against the Pitt defense was equal to running a wasted play.

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst credited Donald for spearheading the Panther defense.

“Aaron Donald sets the standard that he should play well,” Chryst said. “He’s a football player, he does a great job preparing, studying film, he’s a high-quality football player.”

Pitt faced a must-win situation against South Florida and became bowl-eligible with the win.

Pitt’s defense is ranked in the top-25 in total defense (16th), scoring defense (21st), pass defense (24nd), pass efficiency defense (22nd), and rush defense (24th).

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