The Green Wave lost 33-17 to the Memphis Tigers on October 22nd, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Career Notes: Two-year letterman has 45 tackles (32 solo, 13 assists), 1.09 tackle for loss, four pass break-ups and two interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown - on defense while returning 18 punts for 187 yards (10.4 avg.) and 11 kickoffs for 216 yards (19.6 avg.) on special teams for his career...has played in 16 games with eight starts...will make the transition from cornerback to running back for his junior season while continuing his duties on kickoff and punt return situations.
2011: Saw action in 11 games with eight starts as a sophomore...led the team in punt returns (18) and punt return yardage (187) while ranking second in interceptions (2) and blocks (1), tied for second in fumble recoveries (1), fifth in pass break-ups (4), sixth with 44 tackles (31 solo, 13 assists) and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (1.0)...finished fourth in Conference USA and 22nd nationally in punt return average (10.4)...posted career highs with nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assists) and a pair of pass break-ups at East Carolina (10/29)...had seven stops (5 solo, 2 assists) and his first career interception while returning two punts for 49 yards - including a 44-yarder - and a kickoff return of 13 yards vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and added an assisted tackle at UAB (9/17)...recovered a fumble at Duke (9/24)...had career highs with six punt returns for 66 yards and blocked a PAT vs Memphis (10/22)...had five-tackle contests at Duke, vs Memphis and vs Houston (11/10).
2010: Played in five games as a redshirt freshman...finished second on the team in kickoff returns (10) and return yardage (203)...returned five kickoffs for 107 yards and recorded first career tackle with a solo stop vs Ole Miss (9/11)...had four returns for 79 yards at Houston (9/25).
2009: Did not play as a true freshman...redshirted the season.
High School: Three-year letterman at Edgewater High where he played running back and defensive back for coach Bill Gierke...named two-star recruit and No. 131 defensive back in the nation by Scout.com...recognized as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com...helped the Eagles go a combined 25-8 with three trips to the postseason as a prepster...as a senior, named first-team All-Central Florida and voted team captain after running for 128 yards and touchdown on 38 carries and catching three passes for 29 yards on offense while recording 29 tackles (25 solo, four assists), six interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense, and accumulating 309 return yards on special teams...named first-team All-FNF as a junior after posting 47 tackles (35 solo, 12 assists), four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick.
Personal: Born Derrick Olen Strozier on Oct. 27, 1990, in Kansas, City, Mo...son of Jeffrey and Kimberly Strozier...has two brothers: Devin and Jeffrey, Jr.; and one sister, Donna...uncles, Mike Jones and Art Strozier, both played in the NFL while cousins, Noah and Phillip Strozier, played collegiately and Kansas State and Kansas, respectively...majoring in finance.