2007 All Star East
6’4″ 280 lbs.
High School Coach: Mark Thomas
High School: South Lyon, A
College: Eastern Michigan University
Derek has played football since sixth grade in the South Lyon Panther Program. He started on the South Lyon Varsity team for three years. Derek was a captain his senior year and helped lead the Lions into the play-offs all three years and to a KVC Championship in 2006. Derek played offensive guard and tackle his sophomore and junior years. His senior year, Derek’s size and quick feet had him playing offensive guard and tackle, wingback, fullback, tight end, defensive tackle, and special teams. He was voted “Outstanding Lineman” and received the “What Ever It Takes” award, in part for all the positions he played, for the Team.
Derek lettered in varsity basketball his sophomore year and has lettered in varsity track for three years. Derek maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout his career, earning a class ranking of 81/434.
Derek would like to thank his parents for always being there and supporting him, as well as his relatives for coming and watching his games. He would also like to thank his coaches who were there every day to help. Lastly, he would like to thank his teammates for all the great memories the last three years. Especially the O-Unit – Dave I, Bubba T, Jim S, Evan M, Luke M, Ryan M, Chris G, Derek C, Randy D and Karl M.
All State Class A 1st Team, AP, 2006
All State Dream Team, Detroit News, 2006
All State 1st Team Division 1, Detroit Free Press, 2006
Blue Chip Recruit List #36, Detroit News, 2006
Fab 50 #49, Detroit Free Press, 2006
All Oakland County 1st Team, 2006
All Area 1st Team, Ann Arbor News, 2006
All Area 1st Team, 2005 & 2006
All Conference 1st Team, 2005 & 2006
MI Elite # 5 Lineman in Michigan, 2006