Rocket Digest recently conducted the below Q&A with Derek so that Rocket fans could get to know a little more about the future Rocket.
How old were you when you started playing football?
"I was in first grade when I started managing the varsity team and playing catch with the older guys, so I guess that was my start."
What were the main factors in deciding to commit to Toledo?
"The coaching staff and the campus were the two things that really sold me."
What coach at Toledo is your recruiting coach?
What position has Toledo recruited you for?
"Quarterback first, then maybe wide receiver or slot."
What were your stats last season?
"1521 yards passing with 21 touchdowns, and 480 yards rushing with 4 touchdowns."
Do you play any other sports at your high school?
"Basketball and baseball."
What do you like to do in your free time?
"Don't have much free time."
Is there a college or NFL football player that you look up to?
"Peyton Manning. He's a great leader and even better person."
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite movie?
"The Ocean's series."
What songs are you listening to these days?
"I listen to the old rock. Anything by Journey, AC/DC, Aerosmith, or any other classic rock band is what's on my radio."
Who is your favorite NFL player?