CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald has won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald was presented the award at a ceremony Monday night in Charlotte.
The ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Donald averaged 2.2 tackles for loss per game while ranking 10th in forced fumbles and 13th in sacks per game.
The senior has 28 1/2 sacks for his career.
His best game came against Georgia Tech when he had six tackles for a loss - the most by an FBS player this season - and 11 tackles overall. He also had two sacks against Virginia.
The other finalists included Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida State linebacker Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.