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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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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. Oct 14 - 3:41 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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