August 6, 2008
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is many things. Talented, confident, and charismatic among them. At media day on Monday, we let the tape recorder run as the wide receiver talked about life, football and his position coach, his many nicknames, the upcoming season, his fans, and much more. Read his comments in this Q&A.
Q: What do you think of your new coach?
DJK: Coach Campbell? He's a blessing. I wouldn't say in disguise, but he's a blessing. Everyday, every time I talk to him, everything that he says makes more sense to me than just about anything I've ever heard from a coaching standpoint. I'm trying to implement all the tools that he's teaching me into my game to better me. His main focus right now is for everything he's teaching us to transition in our numbers at the end of the year, us competing in the Big Ten, and hopefully the little things that he's teaching us will transition into a big thing, which will be us getting to a January 1 bowl. I mean that January 1 bowl is absolutely our number one goal. We owe it to you guys, we owe it to the fans, and it's just an opportunity for everyone. Hard work's going to pay and we're going to do our best as a team, as a unit, as an institution to get back there.
Q: Is it tough being an Ohio native playing football at another Big Ten school?
DJK: Obviously, all the people at home in Ohio, they were cheering me on to be a Buckeye. Everybody was, anytime I was in the community, it was you've got to be a Buckeye. But when I sat down and I tried to make my decision, ultimately I've got to do what's best for me and I don't think that being a Buckeye was best for me. Being a Hawkeye was my decision and since the day I've chosen to be a Hawkeye it's been a great experience. I wouldn't take any of it back. I wouldn't trade this community, this town, this state, this fan base for anybody in the country right now.
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