A short while back, Athlon named their top ACC defensive linemen in the BCS era and included Pitt star Aaron Donald. Recently, Donald was honored even more by the site when he made their top ACC defensive player list (including all positions).
Donald made it up to No. 13 on the list based on the strength of only his 2013 season since that was the only year Pitt played in the conference. And when you consider all of the great defensive stars in the ACC over the past 15 years, it's a pretty big amount of recognition. It just speaks to the kind of year he had again, if you needed some kind of reminder.
It might sound preposterous that he would not only make that list but be ranked so high on it. But when you win the Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, and Lombardi all in the same year ...
No other Pitt players made the list and North Carolina's Julius Peppers topped it.