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Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) holds the lineman of the game trophy after defeating Bowling Green Falcons 30-27 to win the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Senior Bowl 2014: Aaron Donald receives praise for performance in practice

Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald was one of the most dominant players in Mobile, Alabama during Senior Bowl week, and his efforts on the practice field have not gone unnoticed.

Donald received praise from the North squad’s coaching staff, as they handed out the awards for most impressive player at each position for their performances during the week at practice.

“Donald is a very explosive defensive tackle,” said Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith in a statement released by the Senior Bowl.

“I’ve been very impressed with him. He’s short in stature by NFL standards and doesn’t maybe have all the measurables, but he’s one of the more explosive guys we have on the North squad. He’s done a very nice job both in the running and the pass game.”

Donald’s performance in Mobile just continued the dominant run that he has been on this season.

After the 2013 college football season, Donald brought home the Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award, along with being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.

With the latest praise being thrown Donald’s way, there is no doubt that he will be in the first-round discussion for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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