Fifth-year member of the squad at linebacker • returns after missing all but one game in 2014 with a knee injury suffered in the season opener vs. Pitt. • has appeared in 21 career games and recorded nine tackles (five solo) • also missed entire 2012 season with injury.
Earned starting spot at outside linebacker and started first career game in season opener vs. Pitt • suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first half after making one tackle.
Earned second letter as a backup linebacker and special teams player • appeared in nine games, including the final five games • recorded five tackles, including three solo stops • had season and career-high three tackles vs. Wagner • Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll.
Did not see action after suffering injury in pre-season • retained sophomore eligibility • collected two tackles in spring game.
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.
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.
Derek Thomas Battle • born May 2, 1993 • honor student as an 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.
|Year||G/S|| Tackles (Solo)
Tackles: 3 vs. Wagner, 2013