Skip to content

Senior Bowl recognizes Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald’s practice efforts

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Getty Images

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald will have to make room on his trophy shelf for at least one more award. Donald was named the top practice player at the Senior Bowl practices this week.

“Donald is a very explosive defensive tackle,” said Mike Smith, the coach of the Atlanta Falcons, in a statement released by the Senior Bowl. The Falcons coaching staff is coaching the North team in this year’s 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 cleaned up on the college football awards circuit. He was named the winner of the Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award in addition to being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.

The Senior Bowl also handed out awards for the top players by position. Auburn’s Dee Ford was named the most outstanding defensive lineman, which is somewhat humorous considering Donald is also a defensive lineman. Northern Illinois defensive back Jimmie Ward, West Virginia running back Charles Sims, Iowa wide receiver C.J. Fiedorowicz, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zach Martin, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Auburn kicker Cody Parkey have all been recognized for their performance in practices this week as well.

Last year’s top practice player at the Senior Bowl was Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who went on to be the number one overall draft pick. Donald may not be the number one pick in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft, but his stock certainly could not be much higher at this point. With NFL scouts and coaches gathering at the Senior Bowl, what a potential draft pick does during practices at the Senior Bowl tends to carry more weight than anything that happens during the actual game, although ending the week on a high note with a solid game performance certainly helps.

Permalink 2 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Atlantic Coast Conference, Auburn Tigers, Big 12 Conference, Big Ten Conference, Independents, Iowa Hawkeyes, Mid-American Conference, Northern Illinois Huskies, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Pittsburgh Panthers, Rumor Mill, Southeastern Conference, Top Posts, West Virginia Mountaineers, Wisconsin Badgers
2 Responses to “Senior Bowl recognizes Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald’s practice efforts”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 25, 2014 4:40 PM

    How do they pick the teams for the senior bowl? For example, why is tajh Boyd of Clemson playing for the north while a Nebraska player is playing for the south?

  2. mattacc31 says: Jan 25, 2014 5:37 PM

    Pretty sure there are no North/South boundaries but for example at QB they take the 6 best guys available and try to sort them out by N/S while taking some consideration to keeping the sides about even. Then guys pull out because they are hurt or they don’t want to risk getting hurt(McCarron) and they go after the best available replacements they can get last minute. It’s why the Eastern Illinois QB is on the South.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!