Personal: Born March 8, 1992, he is the son of Wendy and Jeff Rutten. His father played basketball for the Florida Tech Panthers from 1982-86. Derek is majoring in business.
High School: Rutten punted 29 times totaling 867 yards with nine punts inside the 20-yard line, dropping 30 percent of his punts inside the 20, in his senior season as Carroll put together an 11-2 overall record and advanced to the second round of the 5A Division II state playoffs. He also played basketball and soccer and ran track. He was coached at Carroll by Hal Wasson.