|83 Derrick Quarles
Made the team in the fall of 2011 ... A quarterback/safety in high school, he made the switch to wide receiver ... Has made much progress in his route running as he learns the position ... Has good quickness off the snap and catches the ball well.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Continued to practice with the team.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Successful high school athlete as a three-year starter at quarterback and safety ... Led the team to the 3A regional championship and 3A District championship during his time with the Panthers ... Dynamic offensive weapon in high school, posting 1,243 passing yards and 1,112 rushing yards his senior year ... Best game of his career came against Hopkinsville High School where he had three rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown with 225 rushing yards and 200 passing yards ... Was the District Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year ... Coached by John Myers ... Also earned all-state honorable mention ... Played baseball for five years and basketball for four years in high school ... All-region in both basketball and baseball ... Scored over 1,000 career points in basketball ... Was a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, Pep Club and vice president of his class ... Named to the All-A Honor Roll with a 3.9 grade-point average.
Personal: Born in Bowling Green, Ky. ... Son of Derrick and Meca Quarles ... His sister, Terricka, played volleyball at Kentucky State, while his little brother played in the Little League World Series in 2009 ... Plans on a major in kinesiology.
Derrick Says ... The one thing I like most about football is: just being on the field doing something I love ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: physical therapist ... My hidden talent is: riding motorcycles ... Something people might not know about me is: I can cut hair ... My nickname is: DJ.