University of Iowa football player A.J. Derby has asked for a release from his football scholarship and will transfer. Derby played in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, completing three of six passes for 30 yards and recording one solo tackle on special teams.[details]
Personal: Born 9/20/91 . . . open major . . . parents are Kelly and John Derby . . . his father was a first team all-Big Ten linebacker at Iowa in 1991, along with being a team captain and MVP . . . high school coach was Dan Sabers.
High school honors: Participated in Army All-American Bowl and Hawaii vs. Mainland All-Star game . . . earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior, being named captain of Class 4A all-state team as a senior . . . named first team all-conference and Player of the Year as junior and senior . . . Career - - completed 99-187 passes for 1,820 yards and 23 touchdowns in leading team to state title as a senior . . . also rushed 142 times for 752 yards, averaged 40.8 yards on 29 punts and collected two interceptions on defense . . . as a junior completed 77-136 passes for 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns on 168 attempts . . . averaged 36 yards on 28 punts and had 14 KO returns for 287 yards aond a touchdown . . . as a sophomore receiver had 18 receptions for 358 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging 18.1 yards on nine punt returns and 28.3 yards on four KO returns . . . had one punt return touchdown and three interceptions on defense . . . holds school record for career touchdown passes (34) and longest punt (70 yards) . . . led prep team to 24-1 record in final two seasons and three straight post-season appearances . . . first two-year captain at Iowa City HS . . . also lettered in basketball and baseball . . . member of prep basketball team that won state championship his sophomore year . . . three-year starter in baseball.