Friday, November 9, 2007

Senior Day: Scott Derry

Scott Derry is part of a linebacking core that has been at the center of Texas fans frustration with the 2007 defense. It seems like the linebacking play has been suspect this year, but Derry is finishing his Texas career as a player who has accomplished a lot and worked hard to get into the position he is.

Derry came to Texas as a 3 star recruit out of Pearland, TX. In 3 seasons on the varsity, Derry recorded over 500 tackles. Derry came to Texas with high academic achievement and he continued to excel in the classroom while in school. He is currently enrolled in UT's Business School's world famous professional accounting program and had been 1st Team All-Academic Big 12 for two years.

Derry saw playing time as a RS freshman and recorded 21 tackles on the year. Unfortunately, Derry lost his entire sophomore year (2005) to injury. During the 2006 season, Derry became the full time starter at outside linebacker. He finished 5th on the team with 70 tackles and had 9 tackles for a loss.

This year, Derry has been criticized by some as too slow and undeserving to keep his starting spot. A group of young, talented backups have been pushing the starters for playing time all season and Derry has been seeing fewer snaps as the season progresses. While his effort can never be criticized, his experience advantage is losing ground to the talent discrepancy. Derry does not look to be headed for a football future after Texas, but he has been a valuable player for Texas during his career.

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