Career Summary: Came to the Tigers as a walk-on in 2003 and played in all 13 games that season, primarily on special teams...Recovered a blocked punt against Southern Miss as a freshman...Played in six games as a sophomore before tearing his MCL and sitting out four games...Managed to return to the field for the GMAC Bowl...Saw significant playing time in the Tiger secondary as a junior...Played in 12 games and registered his first collegiate start against UCF...Had a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops against UCF...Played a major role in Memphis' upset over UTEP...Recovered a Miner fumble deep in Tiger territory to halt a potential score by UTEP...Intercepted a pass by Jordan Palmer and returned it 26 yards to the UTEP 9-yard line to set up a score by DeAngelo Williams.
Honors: Received 2006 Top Tiger Award for his determination in returning to the field following a severe ankle injury...Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second team in 2005...Selected as C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following the 2005 UTEP meeting...Recipient of the Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship in 2003.
Notable: Earned a bachelor's degree in finance in December 2006...Came to the Tigers as a walk-on and earned a scholarship in the spring prior to his senior season.
2006: Played in the first five games of the season before being sidelined by a severe ankle injury...Logged his first start of the season against Tennessee...Logged five tackles against both Tennessee and UAB...Battled back from injury and was able to play on the kick coverage team in the season finale against UTEP.
2005: Consistent player who saw action in all 12 games last season...Saw action in the season opener against Ole Miss and was credited with one tackle...Registered three tackles in the Memphis victory over Chattanooga...Worked with the special teams unit in the Tulsa game...Played a major role in Memphis' upset victory over UTEP...Credited with three solo tackles against the Miners...Recovered a Jordan Palmer fumble deep in Tiger territory to stop a possible Miner scoring drive...Intercepted Palmer's pass attempt late in the game and returned it to the UTEP 9-yard line to set up the winning DeAngelo Williams touchdown run...Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following effort against UTEP...Had his first career start at cat safety against UCF because of injury to Rod Smith...Credited with a season-high six tackles against UCF...Also logged one tackle for lost yardage and one quarterback sack...Had two tackles in the Memphis win over Houston...Registered one stop in the win over East Carolina...Saw limited duty against UAB because of a foot injury...Logged one tackle in the win over Southern Miss...Finished the season with 17 tackles, one tackle for lost yardage, one quarterback sack, one pass interception and one fumble recovery...Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second team in 2005...Earned a scholarship in spring camp following the 2005 season.
2004: A major contributor on the Tiger special teams...Worked as a member of the Tiger secondary and the special teams unit against Ole Miss...Had two tackles in the win over Ole Miss...Participated on the Tiger special teams and in the secondary in win over Chattanooga...Helped hold UTC to a minus four yards in punt returns...Logged one tackle for a minus five yards against the Mocs...Had one special teams tackles versus the Arkansas State Indians...Served on the special teams unit against UAB...Registered one tackle in the Memphis win over Houston...Saw action in the defensive secondary against Tulane...Recorded two tackles in the win over the Green Wave...Worked on special teams and at safety in Cincinnati and suffered a torn MCL in his left knee on the next to last play of the game...Sat out the next four games and returned to action for the GMAC Bowl...Ended the year with three solo and four assisted tackles and one TFL of five yards.
2003: A walk-on candidate for the Tiger football team who became a regular member of the special teams and lettered in his first season at Memphis...Was the recipient of the 2003 Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship...Spent the spring of 2004 working as a cat safety...Credited with a punt return when he recovered a blocked punt in the Southern Miss game...Had a special teams tackle against Mississippi State...Was credited with two tackles in the Memphis win over Houston...Had an amazing tackle on a kickoff when he was blocked and taken down in front of the Tiger bench, got to his feet and pursued the play to make the tackle in front of the Houston bench...Credited with one tackle in the win over Louisville...Played in the win over Cincinnati but did not register a tackle...Saw time in the USF contest...Was a member of the Tiger cover teams in the 2003 New Orleans Bowl...Finished the 2003 season with four tackles, including two solo stops.
Prep: Played for Coach Bobby Alston at Memphis University School...Was a finalist for the Division 2AAA Gil Gideon Mr. Football Award in the state of Tennessee in 2002...Was a finalist for The Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps Award in football in 2002...Was named to The Commercial Appeal's Elite Team for 2002...Was a first team All-Division 2 selection in 2002...Received the MUS W.S. Roberts MVP Award in 2002...Had 194 carries for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2002...Ranked third in Division 2 in scoring with 15 touchdowns...Ranked seventh in kickoff returns in 2002 with 10 for 236 yards...Averaged 23.6 yards per return...Was ranked fifth in all-purpose yardage in 2002 with 1,476 yards and an average of 134.2 yards per game...Helped his MUS team to a third-place ranking in the state in 2002...Was named second team All-Tennessee in 2002...Was named to the All-MIAA Team in 2002 (Private School Division)...Had 2,411 career rushing yards...Ranks third in MUS history for all-purpose yardage in a season with 1,476 and fourth all-time in rushing with 2,411 yards...Also lettered in basketball and track for the Owls...Was a member of the Faculty Honor Roll and received the Alexander W. Wellford Leadership Award.
Personal: Derek Michael Clenin is the son of Ken and Barbara Clenin ...Born June 7, 1984, in Memphis, Tenn.
CLENIN'S CAREER HIGHS Most Tackles/Game: 6 vs UCF (`05) Most Solo Tackles/Game: 5 vs UCF (`05) Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 5 vs Tennessee (`06)