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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Defensive players dominate POW awards

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

  More than half of Donald's tackles this year have been for a loss.

MOBILE -- It's hard to ignore all the flashy offensive numbers being thrown up on scoreboards this year.

But, we managed to do it this week.

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald put up his own flashy numbers against Syracuse on Saturday: 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback hurries and he blocked an extra point that proved to be the difference in a 17-16 Pitt victory. Of his 51 tackles this season, 26 have been behind the line of scrimmage.

Donald's performance has earned him the Reese's Senior Bowl College Senior of the Week award.

Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), ranks 10th in sacks (0.91 per game) and 11th in forced fumbles (0.36 per game).

He is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, annually presented to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman.

POSLUSZNY DOMINATES FOR JAGS

There have been few bright spots for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. But, Paul Posluszny has been one of them.

The former Penn State All-American and 2007 Senior Bowler racked up 14 tackles (2 for loss), 1 pass break-up and had 1 quarterback hurry in a 13-6 victory over the Houston Texans.

He is our Reese's Senior Bowl Alumnus of the Week.