2012 First Team All-Conference USA
2011 Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year
2011 Second Team All-Conference USA
Senior (2012): Started the first nine games of the season before suffering a season-ending tear of the inferior vena cava in the heart from a freak collision in practice ... earned first team All-Conference USA honors despite the injury ... was second on the team with four interceptions and eight pass breakups ... returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns with a 75-yard return at SMU and a 95-yard return vs. UTEP ... his TD return vs. UTEP marked his second interception against the Miners as he also picked off a pass at UCLA ... also forced a fumble at UCLA and recovered a fumble against UAB ... career-high 10 tackles against Louisiana Tech and has back-to-back nine-tackle games against North Texas and UAB.
Junior (2011): Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year ... Second Team All-Conference USA ... One of the country's top junior college newcomers and was a shutdown corner for the UH defense ... Led the club with 11 passes broken up ... Finished fifth on the club with two interceptions ... Forced a team-leading five fumbles ... Forced a fumble in each of the season's final five games ... Recovered two fumbles ... Had eight tackles for loss and a sack ... Had 66 tackles, including 52 solo stops ... Returned an interception 54 yards for a score at UAB ... Had two tackles for loss in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl win against Penn State ... Had five tackles, two tackles-for-loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble vs. Rice ... Had nine tackles against Marshall and eight stops against Tulsa and Southern Miss.
Junior College: Helped lead Navarro College to the 2010 NJCAA national championship ... Played in all 11 games, posting 35 tackles, including 33 solo stops as a sophomore in 2010 ... Ranked No. 41 on Rivals.com's Top-50 Junior College players ... Had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... Registered six passes broken up ... Team allowed only 226 yards of total offense, which ranked 12th in the NJCAA and 115 yards passing which was good for 17th nationally ... Played in 10 games as a freshman in 2009 with 23 tackles and one TFL ... Junior College coach was Nick Bobeck ... Chose Houston over Arkansas, TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.
Personal: Full name is Derek Sherrard Hayden ... Born June 27, 1990 ... Son of Derek and Taloria Hayden ... Majoring in sociology.
Hayden's Career Bests
Tackles: 10, vs. Louisiana Tech (9/8/12)
Interceptions: 2, vs. UTEP (10/27/12)
Passes Defended:2, seven times