One of the most highly recruited quarterbacks of the 2010 signing class,A.J. Derby,has decided to transfer schools. Derby signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 Conference on National Signing Day 2010.However,Derby will enroll Coffeyville Community College (KS) to seek more playing time, and an opportunity to be immediately eligible at another BCS school after January 2013. Derby has been training at IMG Academy football program this spring, working with football director of IMG's football program Chris Weinke and quarterbacks instructor David Reaves.
This spring, in preparation for spring practice at Coffeyville, Derby flew to Bradenton, Fla. to train at theIMG Academy football program to train with Director Chris Weinke and staff.
"I had a great experience. I went down to work with the best quarterback gurus available and learned a lot. I had a lot of rust throwing the football when I first got there. But by the end of the week I was comfortable with my footwork and mechanics. They worked with me to keep my balance with my footwork and to keep my shoulders level which improved my accuracy tremendously. They also worked with my release point which helped with my ball flight and turning the ball over, and the height of my elbow to be more consistent with my accuracy."
"I didn't play quarterback until my freshman year of high school, and when I transferred schools as a sophomore, I spent a season playing wide receiver," Derby added. "Through high school and thus far in my collegiate career, I have not dedicated a lot of time working with coaches on my fundamentals and mechanics playing the position. I have relied mostly on my athleticism so learning what I learned with Coach Weinke and his staff; I've decided I'm going to return in the summer to spend a month focused on reaching my potential."
While at the IMG Academy football program, Derby spent time with quarterback instructor David Reaves, a former quarterbacks coach at the University ofSouth Carolina andTennessee, and offensive coordinator at the University ofNew Mexico.
Reaves offered his assessment to Scout.com: "AJ benefited tremendously during his week spent in Florida. His timing and rhythm was where it needed to be by the end of the week heading into spring practice. AJ has good size and strength; he can make all the throws, and is a great athlete at the position who can make plays with his feet. For any schools looking for immediate help at the position, you have a guy that can join you mid-year and is going to be ready to help your program. I believe there will be a lot of schools interested in checking out AJ this fall."
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