FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior tight end AJ Derby has accepted an invitation to participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be played at Tropicana Field on Jan. 17, 2015 at 3 p.m. and nationally televised on NFL Network.
Derby transferred to Arkansas as a walk-on quarterback in 2013 and moved to tight end prior to his senior season, earning a scholarship in the process. He has started seven games and ranks third on the team in receiving with 22 receptions for 303 yards (13.8 avg.) and three touchdowns, including a highlight-reel 53-yard touchdown catch against No. 7 Alabama.
The Iowa City, Iowa native becomes the 39th player in program history to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. Former Razorbacks Zach Hocker and Kiero Small played in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game.
Derby joins senior defensive end Trey Flowers as Razorbacks who have accepted postseason all-star game invitations. Flowers will participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 24, 2015.
The Razorbacks are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 and will find out its bowl destination on Sunday, Dec. 7.
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