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Updated: June 4, 2014
2013-14: Played in all 13 games … Made nine tackles, forcing and recovering a fumble while in on 129 special teams plays and 12 defensive plays … Had three tackles while appearing on defense as well as special teams in the season opener against Alabama … Was in on special teams against Western Carolina and at East Carolina … Recovered a blocked punt and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown while seeing action on special teams and defense against Marshall … Saw action on special teams at Georgia Tech and against North Carolina … Was in on 12 special teams plays in the win over Pittsburgh … Saw action on special teams against Duke … Had a tackle while in on 16 special teams plays at Boston College … Forced and recovered a fumble while in on special teams at Miami … Made three tackles while in on special teams against Maryland … Was in on 11 special teams plays at Virginia … Had a tackle on special teams in the Sun Bowl against UCLA … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in summer max testing … Earned the Frank O. Moseley Award (player who exhibits the most hustle during offseason and spring workouts) for the defense at the end of the spring session.
2012-13: Played in all 13 games, appearing for 74 plays on special teams … Had one tackle … Saw action on special teams in the opener against Georgia Tech, as well as against Austin Peay and at Pittsburgh … Was in on six special teams plays against Cincinnati … Contributed on special teams at North Carolina … Saw action on special teams at Miami and against Florida State … Contributed on six special teams plays at Boston College, adding three more against Virginia … Saw time on special teams against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl … Moved from backer to whip linebacker for spring practice … Was in on three tackles during the second spring scrimmage.
2011-12: Played in all 14 games, mostly on special teams … Played three snaps on defense and 77 on special teams for a total of 80 … Had an assisted tackle and his first collegiate interception in the win over Appalachian State … Saw action for three special teams plays in the wins against ECU, Arkansas State, and Marshall … Worked five snaps on special teams against Clemson and six more in the win over Miami … Played 11 snaps on special teams at Wake Forest … Picked up a tackle on coverage against BC … Worked three special teams plays at Duke and 12 more at Georgia Tech … Saw action for seven snaps on coverage against UNC and another at Virginia … Tallied three plays on coverage in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson.
2010-11: Initially listed as a tight end … Was moved to whip linebacker after four practices … Redshirted while working on the scout team … Bench pressed 330 pounds during off-season testing … Moved to rover briefly after the first five practices in the spring … Ended up at free safety for the last eight practices … Had four tackles during the final spring scrimmage … Intercepted a pass and added three tackles in the Maroon-White game.
High School: Was a quarterback and safety for Coach Bill Stachelski at Cox High … Named second-team all-state as a senior and was named Beach District Offensive Player of the Year … Rushed for over 900 yards and 17 touchdowns and added 366 yards passing … Posted 36 tackles, three sacks and a pair of interceptions … Picked off a school-record eight passes as a sophomore.
Personal: Derek James Di Nardo … Born 4/1/92 in Virginia Beach, VA … Son of Jimmy and Kathy Di Nardo … Majoring in apparel, housing and resources management with a concentration in housing.