I've been a little behind in all of the Aaron Donald hoopla with awards, nominations, and such during the year. But now we're getting down to crunch time for some major awards and it's no surprise that the Pitt defensive lineman is right there in the running.
Donald was named as a finalist for the Rotary Award given to the best (and here's where it gets tricky, folks) down lineman that sets up no further than ten yards to the left or right of the ball OR linebacker that sets up no further than five yards deep from the line scrimmage.
Well okay, then.
Donald is one of four finalists for that award - the others are UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. Hugh Green (1980) is the only Pitt player to win the award.
The Pitt defensive lineman is also a finalist for the Nagurski Award, given to the top defensive player in college football. He's up for that with four others including the aforementioned Sam and Mosley, Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, and Michigan State linebacker Darqueze Dennard.
Will have more on Donald's incredible season tomorrow.