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Busy December for Donald

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a finalist for four national trophies, will attend at least three award ceremonies in three cities during the week of Dec. 8.
So far, Donald is a finalist for the Lombardi, Outland, Bednarski and Nagurski awards.
He will be in Charlotte on Dec. 9 for the Nagurski event, along with the other two finalists — cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State.
Accompanied by school officials, he will then board an airplane for the Lombardi on Dec. 11 in Houston.  His competition there will be linebackers Anthony Barr of UCLA and C.J. Mosley of Alabama and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
After that, he heads to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for The Home Depot College Football Awards Dec. 12 where he will be joined by 22 other finalists who are up for nine awards. The Outland and Bedarik trophies will be handed out there. Texas A&M and Florida State have four and three nominations each. Donald is one of four players — quarterback Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron and Jameis Winston are the others – who are finalists for two.
Barr and Mosley are the other finalists for the Bednarik; offensive linemen Jake Matthews of Texas A&M and Cyril Richardson of Baylor will be Donald’s competition for the Outland.
Donald  is also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT award, and those finalists, who will attend the banquet Dec. 8 in Newport Beach, Calif., will be announced Wednesday.
Oh, one more …
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded in New York City on Dec. 14. If Donald has an exceptional game Friday against Miami, don’t be surprised if he gets an invitation. Donald’s dominance around the line of scrimmage and his infestation of opposing backfields have opened a lot of eyes around the country.
That would make five banquets in seven days. By the end of the week, I’ll bet Donald will be relieved to be back at the Pitt cafeteria.

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