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Ex-Hawkeye Derby to walk on at Arkansas

[ 0 ] December 29, 2012 |

Former City High and Iowa football player A.J. Derby announced Saturday on Twitter that he will walk on at the University of Arkansas next season.

Derby was a backup quarterback as a redshirt freshman at Iowa in 2011 before requesting to be released from his scholarship. He went on to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas for the 2012 season.

“Appreciate all the new followers and love from the Hog fans,” he said on Twitter. “Can’t wait to get down there and get things going. Big things ahead.”

Former Wisconsin coach and Iowa assistant coach Bret Bielema recently accepted the coaching job at Arkansas.

Derby played nine games at Iowa in 2011, completing six passes for 30 yards and recording one solo tackle on special teams.

He left Iowa in January.

“Unfortunately, I don’t feel this is the best fit for me personally to reach my goals as a student-athlete,” Derby said at the time.

He had 22 touchdowns and 1,936 passing yards in 10 games at Coffeyville in 2012.

Derby is the son of John Derby, an all-Big Ten linebacker at Iowa, and the brother of former Iowa tight end Zach Derby. John Derby and Bielema were teammates at Iowa in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

A.J. Derby was captain of the Class 4A all-state team and completed 99-of-187 passes for 1,820 yards and 23 touchdowns while leading the Little Hawks to a state title as a senior. He was ranked the top high school player in Iowa by several recruiting services and was rated a four-star prospect on Rivals.com’s five-star scale.

Derby initially chose to play at Iowa over Florida at Oklahoma, and also had scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska and Miami. He graduated from City a semester early to get a head start with the Hawkeyes at spring practice.

Derby initially was the No. 2 quarterback on the Iowa depth chart as a redshirt freshman, but missed two games following a public intoxication incident. He moved to linebacker later in the season.

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