Brings experience and talent in multiple roles... Above-average speed makes him a significant offensive option.
Wayne Graham said -- "He's an important part of our last three winning seasons. Derek runs extremely well and he can play a variety of positions. I'm sure he will continue to have an impact."
RICE 2007: Batted .300 while playing in 33 games for an Owls team that tied for third at the College World Series for a second-consecutive season... Made four starts, including three as the designated hitter and one in right field in a road game against seventh-ranked Texas... Entered a game as a substitute a team-leading 29 times... Appeared in 20 games as a pinch runner... Scored 12 runs... Knocked a pinch-hit double against Baylor... Drove in runs against Long Beach State, East Carolina, Memphis and on opening day against Central Missouri State... Successful on three of five stolen base attempts... Collected three walks... 2006: Played in 31 games for an Owls team that finished tied for third in the nation... Made two starts as the designated hitter, including the final game of the year against Oregon State at the College World Series... Drew a walk in his only trip to the plate in that game... Also came off the bench to pinch hit against Oregon State the day before and drew a base on balls... On-base percentage at the CWS was 1.000... Entered a game as a substitute 29 times, the most on the team... Appeared in 20 games as a pinch runner... Scored 10 times... In a game against LSU in New Orleans he pinch ran and scored a run, then stayed in the game as the designated hitter and scored again after starting a three-run rally in the top of the ninth inning with a leadoff single... The clutch performance earned him his first start of the season two days later in a conference game, where he became the only Owl other than Tyler Henley or Brian Friday to bat leadoff... Slugged base hits against C-USA foes East Carolina, Southern Miss and on the road at UCF... Hit .375 in 11 C-USA games... Maintained a .440 on-base percentage for the season... Successful on three of five stolen base attempts... Played six games in the outfield and had three put outs... 2005: Appeared in 11 games in his first Division I season... Made back-to-back starts in a double-header as the designated hitter and second baseman against Nebraska and Western Carolina, respectively... Collected two of his three hits for the season that day and also had a steal... Went 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored in his next game against Sam Houston State to raise his batting average to .300... Made his first collegiate appearance as a pinch runner and scored against Oklahoma State at the Minute Maid Park College Classic... Registered three at bats in conference games.
2004 graduate of Bellaire High School... Two year starter and three-year letterman for the Cardinals under coach Rocky Manuel... First team all-state honoree... Selected to play in the state's high school all-star game as a senior... Two-time first team all-District 18-5A selection... All-greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle.... Preseason all-greater Houston honoree by both the Chronicle and the Houston Athletic Commission... Posted a .467 batting average with five home runs, 47 runs scored, 31 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 2004... Career batting average was .460 with 62 steals... Helped lead the Cardinals to a team record of 30-7 and the state playoffs... Named a Texas Scholar... Maintained a 3.4 grade point average.
Full Name: Derek Douglas Myers. Born: July 5, 1986, in Houston. Parents: Tim and Karen Myers, Bellaire. Major: mechanical engineering. College: Wiess.