Derrick Curtis, that’s the name of one of the most underrated wide receivers in this year’s draft class. He has all the traits of a great NFL receiver. Stick around to see his great college career in review, as well as a Q&A with Derrick!
In 2017, he was one of the team’s top receivers during his junior season after missing the previous year with an injury. He was also was third on the team with 34 receptions for 512 yards with five touchdowns. He ranked 15th in IIAC in receiving yards per game. Curtis caught a pass in every game he played, and also he had a TD reception in four of the final five games. The wide receiver made season-high seven receptions for 140 yards with a TD against Dubuque University on October 14.
In 2018, For the second straight season, Curtis was one of the team’s top receivers. He ranked 11th in the American Rivers Conference in yards per game (54.3) and was tied for 8th with 6 TD receptions. He ended the year with 32 catches for 434 yards. He caught a season-best nine passes for 106 yards with a TD in a victory over Buena Vista.
In 2019, He caught 55 passes for 963 receiving yards and averaged 17.63 yards a catch, alongside 12 touchdown catches. He was averaging 96.3 yards per game. Curtis played in ten games this past season as well. He was also the team’s top recovering performer.
Catching Up with Curtis
I had the opportunity to ask Derrick some questions about his college career and more! Here’s what he had to say:
Q: What’s your favorite memory of college ball?
A: My favorite memory was probably just being around the guys, and also being able to break some school records and also be home around my family!
Q: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
A: No, not really, just go out with my quarterback run through our pregame warmup, and then when I’m out in warmups, just trying to be the guy to get guys going and show my team it’s ready to roll!
Q: Who’s your biggest inspiration?
A: Definitely, my mom, she raised me all on her own. She played both dad and mom, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be who I am today! She is such a strong woman and really inspired me to be a stronger person as well!
Q: Which NFL player would you say your play style is most like?
A: Definitely, Davante Adams, I take a lot of what he does with his releases and style and try to Mimick it!
Q: What was your favorite college field you played at?
A: Luther college stadium definitely blue turf field!