Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald wins 2013 Bronko Nagurski Award

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

We all knew that Aaron Donald had a monster season, but on Monday night it was again confirmed when the Pitt defensive lineman won the Bronko Nagurski trophy as the nation's top defensive player.

Just let that sink in a little bit.

We've mentioned this time after time, but the bigger defensive awards are most often reserved for defensive ends that can rack up huge sack totals or linebackers piling up a ton of tackles. For Donald to win it playing on the interior part of a defensive line is pretty insane when you think about it.

The numbers, of course, speak for themselves. Ten sacks, four forced fumbles, an NCAA-best 26 1/2 tackles for loss. Just superhuman, really.

Donald will be up for the Rotary Award (best linebacker or lineman), Bednarik Award (top defensive player), and Outland Trophy (best offensive or defensive lineman) later this week.

Goes without saying, but just one of the best seasons in school history.

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