Height /Weight: 6-2 / 210
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Providence HS
At Delaware: Second-year member of the squad who adds depth at outside linebacker position and could be a key contributor on special teams • has added 25 lbs. to his frame since arriving at Delaware • will battle with redshirt freshman Jeff Williams for top outside backup spot behind Maryland transfer David Mackall • collected two tackles in spring game • switched number from 44 to 40 during the summer.
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 head coach K.C. 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 Battle • born May 2, 1993 • biology 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 at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 1 vs. Maine, William & Mary, Massachusetts
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