Media Day Q&A: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos

At Iowa's annual media day event, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos talked about his biological family, his new coach, and much more. Read what he had to say in this premium Q&A.

Q: (A question about his biological family)

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos: There's been contact from my biological family. They tried to get in contact with me just to, I don't want to use the word rekindle but that's what I would say.

Q: Have you been open to it?

Johnson-Koulianos: Absolutely. You can't explain the decisions that are made, I can explain them. I don't have any beef.

Q: You added it when you are 18 right?

Johnson-Koulianos: Yes. I've been part of my family for 10 plus years. It was just time because I was going to college, legal reasons. He was just time to do it.

Q: Did you have to go through a lawyer and all that?

Johnson-Koulianos: There are a lot of procedures. Lawyers, going to court, getting documents corrected. It was fun for me though, because it wasn't necessarily a new start and it was finally legit.

Q: Now you have longest name in the Big 10. The hardest to type anyway.

Johnson-Koulianos: Well thanks to the fans now you just have to type three letters.

Q: Wait a minute, you give up on that.

Johnson-Koulianos: I didn't give up on that it's just in the locker room it's transitioning.

Q: What do you think of the new coach?

Johnson-Koulianos: Coach Campbell is a blessing. I wouldn't say in disguise, he's a blessing every day. Every day I talked to him, everything the man says makes more sense to me than just about anything I've ever heard from a coaching standpoint. I'm trying to implement all of the tools he's teaching me into my game to better myself. That's his job. His main focus right now is for everything he's teaching us to transition into our numbers at the end of the year. Us competing in the Big 10, and hopefully the little things he's teaching us will transition into a big thing, us getting to a January 1 bowl. Getting to a January 1 bowl is absolutely our main goal. We owe it to you guys, we'll it to the fans, this is an opportunity for everyone. Hard work's going to pay off and we're going to do it. We're going to do our best as a team, as an institution, to get back there.

Q: These are pretty good communicator then?

Johnson-Koulianos: Absolutely. That's what amazed me. His ability to communicate with me, and for me to understand exactly what he wants, and what he says. What he says, you know it's legit because he's been there, he's done that. He's got a history that proves itself, a long list of history, teams, rings, to back up what he says. If you can't buy into that, then what can you buy into? That's how I feel.

Q: So how do you transition that into your role?

Johnson-Koulianos: If I don't take in everything he tells me, and do it, and what was the point? What was the point getting one of the best if not the best receiving coaching the nation? We are so thankful. We wouldn't rather have anybody else in the country. Coach Campbell is definitely, already, improving our game.

Q: Not harboring anything against a Michigan guy after growing up the Buckeye fan?

Johnson-Koulianos: No. I cheered against him for a lot of years, obviously. I was a Buckeye fan growing up. At the same time, I was a fan of all the guys he was coaching, but I didn't know who was coaching all the guys that were doing the amazing catches and leaving the Big 10 in yards and catches and touchdowns. He was why. To have him, it's like an amazing experience to be playing near him. I came here and now I have a chance to be one of those guys.


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