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January 16, 2012
A.J. Derby transferring
A.J. Derby has asked for a release from his football scholarship and will transfer from the University of Iowa. The announcement came Monday from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.IOWA CITY, IOWA - University of Iowa football player
"A.J. has asked for his release, which has been granted," said Ferentz. "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."
A.J. Derby added the following: "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 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.