Iowa Backup Quarterback Arrested
The Hawkeyes may be without their backup quarterback for the next week or two. On Saturday night, A.J. Derby was arrested at a bar on the far east side of Iowa City. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication. Deputies were told and an “uninvited male” punched out a window of a bus. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail and released a short time after.
Derby has played in 2 games this season. He came in in relief for starter James Vandenberg in the Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe games. Derby’s brother Zach is a tight end for the team.
Steve Roe of UI Sports Information said “The athletic department will follow standard policies and procedures in dealing with this, like we do with all incidents like this.” It is unclear what the penalty will be for Derby. On Sunday, head coach Kirk Ferentz declined comment. My guess would be that Derby stays at home this weekend when Iowa travels to Happy Valley to play Penn State this weekend. Any penalty after a 1 game suspension is up in the air.
John Wienke will most likely fill the role as a backup in Derby’s absence. Freshman Jake Rudock may have beaten Wienke in camp this summer, but it is likely that the coaching staff would not want to remove his redshirt just to be a backup. It’s hard to imagine the backup getting any playing time in Iowa’s next 2 games (@Penn State, Northwestern). The two-deeps should be out shortly, and expect a statement from Ferentz or the athletic department tomorrow.
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