Derek Good, a redshirt junior majoring in construction management, knows all the powers of hope. When Good was a senior at Berthoud High School (CO), he broke nearly every rushing record the school had and was hopeful for an opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a Division I running back. However, when he finished playing there were no scholarship offers from Division I schools. He had plenty of Division II offers, but he wanted to chase him and his father's dream, even if that meant a harder path so he decided to walk on at Colorado State University.
While at CSU, Derek's father, Matthew, became ill with liver and kidney problems and a couple of weeks later passed away. Being the only source of income for the family, Matthew's death provided tremendous hardship for the Good family.
Derek decided to continue his dream of playing Division I football and took out student loans to help pay for college and housing. His first play on the kickoff team, Good made the tackle. He continued in various special teams roles and in the fall of 2010, Good was called into the coach's office. Not knowing what to expect, the walk-on went in with an open mind. When he left the meeting he was a Division I scholarship athlete.
Derek has displayed tremendous courage, contribution and commitment in the midst of his father's death. His commitment to fulfill his dream even though he was not on scholarship and shouldered the financial hardship because of it, and the character he displayed while going through the mountains and valleys that life had in store for him make him a great candidate for the 2010 College Football Rudy Award.