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Iowa QB-turned-LB A.J. Derby to transfer

Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:11 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Iowa's A.J. Derby, a redshirt freshman who switched from quarterback to linebacker in the middle of the 2011 season, has decided to transfer to another school, according to the Iowa athletic department. Derby was a much-ballyhooed quarterback/athlete prospect from Iowa City in the class of 2010, earning an Army All-American Game invite as a quarterback and drawing offers from schools like Florida, Alabama, and Michigan. Derby eventually selected the hometown University of Iowa, where his father John was a standout linebacker in the early '90s.

"A.J. has asked for his release, which has been granted," said head coach Kirk Ferentz in a university statement. "We are sorry to see A.J. leave the program.  He has been a positive member of our team and a pleasure to coach over the past two years.  We wish him the best as he moves forward with his career.”

"I would like to thank the University of Iowa and football coaches for the opportunity," said Derby. "Unfortunately, I don’t feel this is the best fit for me personally to reach my goals as a student-athlete. I especially wish my brother (Zach Derby, a rising senior tight end at Iowa) the best of luck in the coming year. I will miss all of my teammates, family and friends who have supported me here. Good luck to everybody. Once a hawk, always a hawk."

Derby was Iowa's second-string quarterback at the beginning of the year, beating out junior John Wienke and true freshman Jake Rudock in off-season practices, before he was arrested during the season in an alcohol-related incident. His switch to linebacker came shortly thereafter, though he did not see significant playing time on defense in 2011.

Derby joins tailbacks Marcus Coker and Mika'il McCall as Iowa transfers during this offseason, and offensive tackle Riley Reiff announced two weeks ago that he would forgo his senior year and join the NFL draft.

There have been no announcements about where Derby may transfer or whether he'll go the FBS or FCS route. If he stays in the FBS, he will need to sit out 2012 with two seasons of eligibility remaining, while he would have three years to play three seasons in the FCS.

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Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:47 pm

Iowa QB-turned-LB A.J. Derby to transfer

Come on out to Oregon AJ!  Your speed and athleticism is a perfect fit for our speedy defense at Linebacker.  Check out the Ducks in the NFL on the  Defensive side of the ball!  Ngata is a Pro-Bowler and probably the best DT in the game.  Jairus Byrd is a probowler, and Patrick Chung and TJ Ward is one of the hardest hitting safety's in the league!   You have Brian Paysinger and Casey Matthews who were rookies this year and Walter Thurmand is becoming a play maker for the Seahawks.  Oregon Baby, 3 BCS bowl games in a row including the Rose Bowl Champs this year!!!!!!!      Go Ducks

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Iowa QB-turned-LB A.J. Derby to transfer

That's one of the funniest things I've heard in quite some time.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Iowa QB-turned-LB A.J. Derby to transfer

Why would anyone leave the greatest place in the world?  Just doesn't add up

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