Aaron Donald and Devin Street end Pitt careers on Thursday

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With all due respect to guys like Tom Savage and other seniors that will be playing their final games of their Pitt careers on Thursday in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green, most eyes will be on Devin Street (if he plays) and Aaron Donald.

Street finishes his career as the all time leading receiver in terms of catches and Donald has done, well, just about everything on defense, winning every major award out there that he could other than the Heisman.

Pitt will miss both next season for sure and with a new quarterback, will be starting over to a degree. Street's loss means that Tyler Boyd steps up to become the undisputed No. 1 receiver. Boyd is an incredible talent, but won't have the luxury of playing alongside Devin Street and certainly won't be sneaking up on any teams next year. In addition, developing chemistry with a new quarterback will take some time as well. But where Pitt could really suffer is defense.

In addition to losing guys like Jason Hendricks and K'Waun Williams, Donald's loss could really hurt on the line. No one else really stepped up as a pass rusher this season and if the line can't get enough pressure, things could be very difficult for the secondary. That unit struggled with Donald ... imagine what they might look like with two new starters and not having Donald.

Still, though, this isn't a time to look ahead just yet. Donald and Street deserve credit for two pretty unbelievable careers.

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