Derry opened with the second-team D throughout the first week of August practice and appeared to be the leading candidate as senior Aaron Harris' top backup. Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik has cross-trained linebackers since last spring -- and extensively this past week -- intending to play the next available backup, regardless of position.
RS-freshman Rashad Bobino, who has consistently drawn head coach Mack Brown's praises during the first week of August camp, has worked at outside linebacker so far this month after spending his first year on the Forty Acres at MLB and is a candidate to replace Derry. Brown mentioned Sunday morning that Robert Killebrew could also get a look in the middle. Eric Hall is another possibility. That could essentially leave SLB in a two-way battle between converted sophomore SS Drew Kelson and sophomore Eric Foreman (who was a redshirt, fourth-team backup QB last season).
Derry played in all 12 games as a backup middle linebacker and on special teams last year. He registered 21 tackles, two TFLs, a sack and one pressure as a redshirt freshman in 2004.