Last night Broncos tight end, A.J. Derby, caught an incredible one handed touchdown, but do you remember when he was a quarterback?
Derby started his college football career in Iowa. There he red-shirted for one year and played in nine games completing three passes for 30 yards as a red-shirt Freshman. After that year he attended Coffeyville Community College. While at Coffeyville, he threw for 1,936 yards with 22 touchdowns.
After his 2012 season at Coffeyville, Derby decided to transfer one more time to the University of Arkansas. In his first year at Arkansas, A.J. appeared at quarterback in seven games, including one start against Rutgers. In those seven games he racked up 178 yards while going 19-36 passing. It was after this season that Derby made the switch to tight end…
Derby’s switch to tight end will forever affect his life. In his one year at tight end for Arkansas he started 7 games (appeared in 11) and registered 303 yards on 22 catches with three touchdowns. One game that stands out from Derby’s time at tight end is the Alabama game. Versus Alabama he tallied 77 yards on four receptions including a career long 54 yard receiving touchdown (the longest of his career). This outstanding game would earn him a tight end of the week honorable mention.
A.J. took his talents to New England when he was drafted in the sixth round. After spending a little bit of time with the Patriots he was traded to the Denver Broncos for a fifth round pick.
Derby is now excelling in Denver. This year he has racked up 114 yards but his first touchdown catch is what stands out most. Sunday night Derby made an incredible one handed catch and marched in for a touchdown (video below). This catch has many people talking about his past as a quarterback and how his move to tight end changed his life.