Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#40 Derek Earls
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 247
Year: Senior
Hometown: Waconia, Minn.
High School: Waconia
Experience: 1 Letter

Arizona: 1L... Solid performance as juco transfer in 2010, with 12 starts at middle linebacker... Notched 44 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, a sack (Citadel), an interception (Toledo) and four passes defended... Season and career-high 10 hits at Stanford... Six tackles in Iowa victory... Played in all 13 games as the top middle backer and should have no difficulty holding on his senior year... Enrolled at Arizona in January 2010, one of two juco LBs signed in the class of 2010...

Career: 13 GP, 12 starts, 44 tackles, 1 sack, INT, 4 PBU, FR

Junior College: First-team NJCAA All-America honors as sophomore... First-team All-Midwestern Conference both years... SuperPrep Juco 100... Two-time MFC-West first-team all-region... 108 tackles, among Region 13 leaders, including 14 for losses, a sack and a forced fumble in 2009... 96 tackles as a junior, with 10 TFL and two sacks... Earned preseason All-American defense second team entering his final juco year...

High School: Minneapolis Star-Tribune All-Metro RB/LB as a Waconia HS senior... Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game June 2008... 2007 AP All-State second-team honors as running back...

Personal: Academic major is sociology... Date of birth April 5, 1990... Recruited by UA coach Tim Kish...