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#40 Derek Battle
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Providence
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy
Experience: 2 Letters

AT DELAWARE
Fourth-year member of the squad at linebacker • has appeared in 20 career games and recorded eight tackles (five solo) • expected to battle for starting spot at outside (Sam) linebacker spot • missed entire 2012 season with injury.

2013 SEASON
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. 

2012 SEASON
Did not see action after suffering injury in pre-season • retained sophomore eligibility • collected two tackles in spring game.

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.

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 • 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. 

 CAREER STATISTICS

Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
Sacks/TFL
FR/FF
Int./PD
2013 9/0 5 (3) 0/0
0/0
0/0
2012 Inj.        
2011 11/0 3 (2) 0/0 0/0 0/0
TOTALS 20/0 8 (5)
0/0
0/0
0/0

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 3 vs. Wagner, 2013

 

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