Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been named the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year after a tremendous season anchoring that defensive line.
— ACC Football (@theACCfootball) December 4, 2013
This past weekend, the Panthers completed their first season of ACC play with a 41-31 loss to the Miami Hurricanes, but they still finished the season 6-6, enough to get them to a bowl game, and Donald was a huge part of that.
Donald had one of the more successful seasons in recent memory for a defensive tackle, recording an astounding 26 1/2 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles. He has continually been a one-man wrecking crew on that Pitt defense, causing issues for virtually every defense that they’ve faced this year.
He also had a crucial blocked extra point in November against Pitt that got the Panthers that sixth win, making sure that their season would not end after 12 games.
Wake Forest’s Nikita Whitlock finished second in the voting, while Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner finished third.