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.
“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.