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#56 Derrick Webb
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 230
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
High School: Whitehaven
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: Career- He finished tied for 25th at Colorado in tackles (258) and sixth in special team tackles (33) and fourth overall in special team points (81). He had nine career double figure tackle games, topped by 14 in the final game of his career at Utah. He was selected as one of six team captains as a senior and one of four as a junior, by his teammates, becoming just the sixth player in school history to serve as a team captain in multiple seasons.

2013 (Sr.)-He started 11 games at the “will” inside linebacker position (he played in the other game, Arizona); he was one of 51 players on the official watch list for the Dick Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker) and earned two team awards, the Derek Singleton Award (for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm) and Best Interview (as selected by CU’s beat media).  He finished second on the team in tackles with 99 (68 solo, including seven for losses; including five tackles for zero, he had 12 total stops at or behind the line of scrimmage. He also had five touchdowns saves, four quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and two passes broken up. He had double figure tackles in four games, topped by a career-best 14 (seven solo) in the season finale at Utah, when he also recovered a fumble; he had 12 against Central Arkansas (nine solo), and 11 each against California (10 unassisted) and USC. On special teams, he racked up seven points on the strength of two tackles, two knockdown blocks, a downed punt, a forced fair catch and a first downfield credit that altered the return path.

2012 (Jr.)-He played in all 12 games, starting nine at the will inside linebacker spot, and saw action for 601 plays from scrimmage overall. He led the team in tackles, recording 88 (61 solo), or 18 more than two others who tied for second. He had 12 stops at or behind the line of scrimmage, five for losses including a quarterback sack and seven tackles for zero. He also led the team in third down stops with nine, in addition to logging four quarterback hurries, three chasedowns and a fumble recovery (the latter against Arizona). He was CU’s Male Athlete-of-the-Week for his efforts in the Colorado State game: a career-high 12 tackles, 10 solo, three for losses including a quarterback sack, and two stops for zero gain. He had 11 tackles in two games, versus Stanford (nine unassisted) and Arizona State (seven solo), and added 10 against Southern California; overall, he had at least seven tackles in eight games. He continued to be a key performer on special teams, earning 14 CU special teams points on the strength of three tackles (one inside-the-20, with an assist on a two-point run attempt by USC), four knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches and two caused penalties. He wound up being one of the team’s regular four captains for the entire season; he did so for the opener against CSU, and then from the third game on after the game-by-game plan to name captains was scrubbed.

2011 (Soph.)-He played in all 13 games, including six starts, all at ‘will’ inside linebacker and was in for 425 snaps from scrimmage. He had 54 total tackles, ninth-most on the team but at the end of a logjam that saw 10 tackles separate fourth through ninth; 35 of the stops were of the solo variety. He had four tackles for loss, a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble (the latter at UCLA). He had a season-high 10 tackles, all unassisted, against Ohio State, with six at Hawai’i (three solo) and at Washington (four solo). He again was one of the top special teams players for the Buffs, leading the team by far in special team points with 33 (eight more than the runner-up). He accumulated those on the strength of 12 tackles (three inside-the-20), 10 knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches, two first downfield credits that altered returns, a wedge break and a recovered blocked kick; he had a team season-high nine with nine points against Oregon (four tackles, two inside-the-20, two forced fair catches and a knockdown). He had a monster hit/tackle on kickoff coverage against USC’s Robert Woods, so much so that it was selected as ESPN’s “Hit of the Week.” He missed the last 10 spring practices after suffering a deep hip contusion on March 15.

2010 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in all 12 games, making one start (at Oklahoma); he was in all 12 on special teams and in seven on defense. He played 124 snaps from scrimmage, recording 17 tackles, 12 of the solo variety with three for losses including a half-sack against Texas Tech. He had three third down stops and two tackles for zero, making five of his tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. He posted a season-high six tackles (five solo) at Oklahoma, had three against Tech and two on two other occasions. He was one of CU’s top special team performers, finishing second in the special team points earned with 27: those came on the strength of 15 tackles (10 solo, two inside-the-20), four knockdown blocks, three forced fair catches, two first downfield first credits that altered the path of the return man, and one caused penalty. The 15 special team tackles were the fourth-most in a single-season since the school started tracking numbers in 1987. He progressed nicely during the spring, when he had 13 tackles, a quarterback sack and two third down stops in the three main scrimmages.

2009 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced at inside linebacker the entire fall. He earned the Special Teams Scout Award for the season, as well as for the Wyoming game.

HIGH SCHOOL-Widely considered the top linebacker prospect out of Tennessee, he earned All-Southeast Region honors from PrepStar and All-Dixie Region honors from SuperPrep, which also ranked him as the No. 7 prospect out of Tennessee and he was the top linebacker on the list. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 23 outside linebacker in the nation, ESPN ranked him as the No. 58 outside linebacker and Rivals.com listed him as the No. 63 outside linebacker and he was the top linebacker from Tennessee on the Scout.com and Rivals.com lists and No. 2 on ESPN’s. He was a four-year letterman at Whitehaven under coach Rodney Saulsberry and Whitehaven compiled a 31-13 mark in his four years, including a 20-4 mark over the past two season when he started as an outside linebacker. He compiled over 300 tackles, 40 tackles for loss with six sacks, three interceptions and a safety in his career. As a senior leading Whitehaven to a 10-2 record and 5A Region 8 Championship, he was named first-team All-State by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association, first-team All-5A Region 8 by the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association and first-team All-Shelby Metro Area by the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He was one of five players nominated for the Best of the Preps Defensive Player of the Year by the Memphis Commercial Appeal and earned Whitehaven’s most valuable player and defensive most valuable player awards. The Tennessee Football Coaches Association also ranked him as the No. 1 linebacker prospect to watch in the state of Tennessee. He tallied 130 tackles as a senior, 25 for losses including three quarterback sacks, along with three forced fumbles and two recoveries. He had a safety in Whitehaven’s 9-0 win over Craigmont and led a defense that allowed just 178 yards per game on the season.  He recorded 17 tackles (11 solo) against Germantown as a senior, when he also recorded 14 tackles in a 40-6 win over Wooddale. As a junior, he also helped Whitehaven to a 10-2 mark, second place finish in 5A Region 8 and the second round of the state playoffs. He was named the 5A Region 8 defensive player of the year and also earned first-team All-5A Region 8 by the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association and first-team All-Shelby Metro Area by the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He recorded 115 tackles including 15 for losses (two sacks) and three interceptions as a junior. He also played halfback in one of Whitehaven’s playoff games and had four rushes for 67 yards before having his bell rung and thus ending his tenure on the offensive side of the ball out of precaution. His top game his junior year came against Germantown when he had 18 tackles and an interception in a 40-0 win. He had 10 tackles, two for a loss and had an interception return for a touchdown in a 49-0 win over Hamilton. As a sophomore, he recorded 40 tackles and had one sack.  He saw action on special teams throughout his high school career on the kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return units. He also trained in the spring with the track team (sprints) but didn’t participate in any meets.

ACADEMICS-He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication in May 2013. He was active in the Distributive Educational Club of America (DECA), an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing. As a youngster, he was a two-time spelling bee champion, once in elementary school and once in middle school.

PERSONAL-He was born October 1, 1991, in Fort Riley, Kan. His hobbies include music, rapping, playing basketball and lifting weights; he also knows sign language. He is the singer/songwriter of “Colorado Swag” (can find on youtube.com). He is a cousin of former San Francisco 49er great Roger Craig, who won three Super Bowls and was the 1988 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. His uncle, Joe Lowery, played running back at Jackson State and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1976 NFL Draft. Another cousin, Kenton Keith, is a member of the Indianapolis Colts and played collegiately at New Mexico State. Another uncle, Kevin Scott, ran track collegiately at Memphis. He has done extensive community service with Bridge Builders, a program that seeks to develop a group of future leaders who lay aside individual, social, economic and cultural differences to work for the benefit of all. He has also volunteered for the Special Olympics, working as a basketball coach.

Defense
Tackles
 
Season
G
Plays
UT
AT
Total
TFL
Sacks
3DS
Hurr
FR
FF
PBU
INT
2010
7
124
12
5
17
3- 7
0.5- 2
3
0
0
0
0
0
2011
13
425
35
19
54
4- 6
0- 0
4
1
0
1
0
0
2012
12
601
61
27
88
5-11
1- 4
9
4
1
0
0
0
2013
12
748
68
31
99
7-12
0- 0
7
4
2
0
2
0
Totals
44
1898
176
82
258
19-36
1.5-6
23
9
3
1
2
0
Special Team Tackles: 10,5-15 (2010); 5,7-12 (2011); 3,0-3 (2012); 1,1-2 (2013).
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