Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.
In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.
“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.
Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.
Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.
Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?
It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.
Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?
It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.
In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?
It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.
Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?
I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.
Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?
Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.
What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?
Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.
What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?
My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.
Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.
Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?
I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy. I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.
Three songs you are listening to currently?
‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean
‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion
‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
My Cousin Vinny.
Favorite TV show?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.
Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?
The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.