Position: Defensive Back
Height /Weight: 5-8 / 165
Hometown: Woodstock, Md.
High School: Marriott Ridge HS
At Delaware: Fourth-year member of the team as a walk-on junior • two-year letterwinner • one of team's smallest players at 5-8 and 165 lbs. but has the quickness and speed to cover receivers • will enter season projected as the No. 3 cornerback on both sides behind returning starters Travis Hawkins and Marcus Burley • adds depth to secondary unit that ranks among the best in the nation • has appeared in 13 career games in backup role.
2011 Season: Earned second letter as a backup cornerback and special teams player • saw action in eight games for secondary that led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked No. 8 in the NCAA in passing efficiency defense (103.88) • missed the first three games of the season before making season debut vs. Old Dominion in CAA opener • did not record a tackle but recovered one fumble against Rhode Island • member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll • team went 7-4 under head coach K.C. Keeler.
2010 Season: Saw action in five games for the Blue Hens as a redshirt freshman, primarily on special teams • recorded two tackles in win over James Madison on kickoff coverage • also saw action against West Chester, Rhode Island, Towson, and in second round NCAA playoff win over Lehigh • selected to the Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team • Delaware defense led the nation in scoring defense at 12.1 points per game and ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 yards per game) • team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under Keeler.
2009 Season: Did not see game action in first season with UD to retain freshman eligibility • team went 6-5 under Keeler.
High School: Three-sport standout in football, basketball, and track and field at Marriotts Ridge High School• starter at wide receiver, defensive back, and running back in football for head coach Ken Hovet• team went 13-7 his final two seasons• three-year letterwinner who set school records for career rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and receiving touchdowns and single game rushing yards and touchdowns• first team All-Howard County as a junior and senior• selected to Baltimore Touchdown Club "Super 22" Team• played in BTC All-Star Game• earned three letter sin basketball as a point guard• led teams to two-year mark of 36-7 his final two seasons• three-year letterwinner in track and field as a sprinter and jumper• state bronze medalist in the long jump as a senior• earned 15 honor roll citations during his high school career• earned perfect attendance award as a junior.
Personal: Derek Lee Coleman• born Jan. 22, 1991 in Morristown, N.J • son of Ronald and Cynthia Coleman• has a younger sister • honor student as a communications major at Delaware with a minor in interactive media • would like to work in television production or coaching after graduation • enjoys music and drawing cartoons in his spare time • both parents attended Syracuse University • cousin, Whitney Coleman, played college basketball at Monmouth University • has worked at Wal-Mart during the summers.
Career Defensive Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Tackles: 2 vs. James Madison, 2010