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A.J. Derby latest to leave Iowa

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Three months after an arrest led to a suspension, A.J. Derby (pictured, No. 17) has decided to part ways with the Iowa football program.

The Hawkeyes confirmed in a press release Monday afternoon that the backup quarterback has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the school.  Where he is headed next is unknown.

Derby becomes the third Iowa player this year to secure a release from his scholarship.

“A.J. has asked for his release, which has been granted,” said head coach Kirk Ferentz in a 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.”

In nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, Derby completed three of his six passes for 30 yards as the Hawkeyes’ No. 2 QB.

In early October, Derby was arrested in early October on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication following an incident in which he allegedly punched a defenseless bus. Derby served a two-game suspension as a result of the arrest.

He was moved from QB to linebacker following his suspension.

“I would like to thank the University of Iowa and football coaches for the opportunity. 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) 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’s brother Zach is a tight end who finished sixth on the Hawkeyes in receptions in 2011.

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5 Responses to “A.J. Derby latest to leave Iowa”
  1. cyraider says: Jan 16, 2012 10:27 PM

    Players are jumping off this ship like it’s a Carnival cruise liner!

  2. 27xwschamps says: Jan 17, 2012 12:06 AM

    What the hell is going on in iowa city !! Damn, can’t anybody stay out of trouble there. Who the hell is running the place ? No damn accountability here !!!

  3. imaduffer says: Jan 17, 2012 12:44 AM

    The University of Iowa is running the school. What a pleasant surprise.

  4. ntmid8r3 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:50 AM

    Sad to see these guys leave but what do they expect when they go out & get in trouble with the law???

    I am proud to be a Hawkeye fan & I am proud to see the coaching staff & school officials keeping these guys accountable for their actions.

    Nice to know that at least 1 Big Ten school is trying to do things right.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 17, 2012 6:31 AM

    I am starting to rhink Ferentz is a bully/control freak. Things continue to get more concerning at Iowa. Perhaps the University may want to rein in this “carte blanche” attitude of the coach.

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