Updated: April 14, 2014
2013: 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.
2012: 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: 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: 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 … Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.