Sunday, August 1, 2010

Is Iowa true freshman AJ Derby making a move to LB?

There is speculation beginning that Iowa City High recruit A.J. Derby is moving from QB to LB for fall camp. Derby, the son of former Iowa LB John Derby, is a true freshman, who enrolled in January and participated in spring drills at Iowa.

A twitter message from HawkeyeInsider mentioned it this afternoon. Since it is coach Kirk Ferentz's birthday on August 1St, maybe A.J. Derby was offering his head coach a nice birthday present ...

"Sounds like A.J. Derby has moved to LB after a spring at QB. I think A.J.
could grow into a Kampman-Roth DE. Hearing it was A.J.'s decision as he
will get in the field sooner."
~ Rob Howe of HawkeyeInsider.
A.J. Derby's father was a very good LB recruit back during J. Hayden Fry in the mid-1980s. However, he was not as highly acclaimed as Houston native Melvin Foster, another LB in his father's class. Foster redshirted at Iowa his first season, but John Derby made an impact as a true freshman.

Will it be father like son at the University of Iowa at linebacker for the Derby's?

The Big Ten Conference will hold a kickoff luncheon and Media Day functions in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. For more information on the Iowa Hawkeyes, check out HawkeyeReport on the Rivals Network.


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