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A.J. Derby | Tight End

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232

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Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby has accepted an invitation to the East West Shrine game.
Derby is a converted quarterback from Iowa via a stint in JUCO. The senior tight end class is extremely thing, but Derby is one of the more intriguing names. He continues to show improvement despite a diminutive stat line of 21 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Nov 22 - 10:43 AM

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby "has really improved over this season."

"Arkansas QB-turned-TE A.J. Derby has really improved over this season. Not as big as Blake Bell, but both project as draftable TE prospects," Brugler tweeted. On the season, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Derby has 21 receptions for 290 yards, with three touchdowns. The Razorbacks prospect was a former QB who transferred over from Iowa via a JUCO, and has impressive speed befitting a former dual-threat signal-caller.
Nov 18 - 2:22 PM

Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby "is seeing immediate results" after moving to tight end from quarterback, observed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"In many ways Derby reminds me of former Michigan quarterback turned tight end Jay Riemersma, the seventh round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1996, who went on to play 8 years in the NFL," Pauline wrote. Derby, a former QB who transferred over from Iowa via a JUCO, is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and has the wheels befitting a former dual-threat signal-caller. "He’s averaging 15.5-yards on 16 receptions thus far in 2014 and has 3 touchdowns to his credit," Pauline wrote. "Improving almost weekly, Derby looks natural catching the pass and does not fight the ball."
Oct 27 - 9:28 PM

The acceleration shown by Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby "on a 54-yard catch and run touchdown is sure to catch the attention of the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang

"It was only one play but given how weak the senior crop of tight ends appear to be, the acceleration shown by Arkansas tight end AJ Derby on a 54-yard catch and run touchdown is sure to catch the attention of the NFL," Rang writes. The former quarterback and transfer from Iowa, "looks the part of an NFL tight end and showed impressive balance and speed on the play," according to Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 3:41 PM

Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the school's 14-13 loss to Alabama.

Derby's top play was a 54 yard catch and run, breaking multiple tackles down the sideline for a score. The 2015 tight end class is extremely weak, so Derby has a chance to be selected as a top five prospect at the position.
Oct 12 - 9:38 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler considers Arkansas senior A.J. Derby, a former QB, a sleeper TE prospect.

Derby is "very raw but talented," according to Brugler. The former quarterback is also a former Iowa Hawkeye, where head coach Bret Bielema played with Derby's father. A.J. offers a 6'4/232 lbs frame.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will move forward with junior QB A.J. Derby as the starter.

Brandon Allen has been injured and unable to throw during practice. Derby started last week against Rutgers, completing 14 of 26 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 28-24 loss. The junior is a former Iowa Hawkeye who walked on with the Razorbacks at the end of last season.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Former Iowa QB A.J. Derby will likely take on back up duties for Arkansas in 2013.

After leaving the Iowa program, Derby walked on at Arkansas and has worked his way up to a meaningful role in 2013. Brandon Mitchell was listed as the backup to Brandon Allen, but he recently decided to leave the program and seek a transfer.
Thu, May 9, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Former Iowa QB A.J. Derby will walk on for Arkansas in 2013.

Derby attended a junior college in 2011 after being arrested on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication. He will not be in line to start for the Razorbacks, a spot likely to be held by Brandon Allen.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 09:26:00 AM