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#40 Derek Battle
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Providence
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Experience: 2 Letters

At Delaware: Third-year member of the squad at linebacker • will be back at full strength after missing entire 2012 season with an injury • will battle for starting outside linebacker (Will) spot with senior David Mackall entering pre-season • did not take part in spring drills due to injury • has played in 11 career games and registered three tackles.

2012 Season: Did not see action after suffering injury in pre-season • retained sophomore eligibility • collected two tackles in spring game • switched number from 44 to 40 during the summer • team went 5-6 for head coach K.C. Keeler.

2011 Season: One of just five true freshmen to see action in first collegiate season • played in all 11 games as a special teams coverage performer • collected three tackles, including two solo stops • had tackles in three consecutive games vs. Maine, William & Mary, and Massachusetts at mid-season • team went 7-4 under Keeler.

High School: Played defensive back at Providence High School for head coach Randy Long • earned first team All-South Charlotte Area honors as a senior • earned All-Southeastern Conference 4A honors and was named the league’s Defensive Back of the Year • named team’s Defensive Back of the Year • collected 67 tackles, six tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery as a senior • team was perennial state playoff contenders • National Honor Society student and a member of Future Business Leaders of America • also competed in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Derek Thomas Battle • born May 2, 1993 • energy & environmental policy major at Delaware • son of Derek and Princess Battle • mother played college tennis at Morgan State and father played football at North Carolina A&T • has a younger sister. 

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