staff, January 16, 2012

University of Iowa football player 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.

Last week, star running back Marcus Coker also left Iowa.

?A.J. has asked for his release, which has been granted,? Ferentz said. ?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.?

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.