At his weekly Tuesday press conference, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz spoke about receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who has 270 yards and three touchdowns in receiving through four games.
DJK was again noticeable by his absence in the Iowa interview room Saturday after he scored two touchdowns against Ball State. Most of us in the media assumed Ferentz has banned Johnson-Koulianos from further media contact after DJK got a little, shall we say, verbose at the team’s August Media Day.
Via Facebook, DJK had this to say on Tuesday night (And no, I don’t know what M.P.O.D. means. If you do, please translate):
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos Finally Captain Kirk has put my issues with the media to bed! For those who read his comments today, there you have it! Coach Killjoy and Mr. Fun-Haver have reached a mutual agreement – Playing time over T.V. time! Some may be disappointed with my decision, but I feel it is unnecessary to jeopardize this opportunity for a few media sound bites. See you in January! M.P.O.D.
Here are Ferentz’s comments from earlier Tuesday:
Q. (Question regarding Derrell.)
COACH FERENTZ: He’s worked hard. He’s worked hard. When he’s been out at practice, I’ve been out there most of the time, I think he had a week and a half injury or two week, somewhere there in camp, during that period. Probably about a week and a half. But when he’s been on the field, he’s been working hard. He’s playing like he’s a fifth-year senior, too. He’s playing better, more efficiently. You know, it’s all good.
Only complaint I got with him right now he’s a fifth-year senior, he’s planning on graduating in December. Not complaining about that. He has a class that requires him to leave right around the middle of practice every Wednesday. A little frustrating. But that’s why it’s college football. Got a couple guys that leave Wednesday around mid practice.
Q. Doesn’t seem like he wants to talk to us this year. Did we do something to make him mad?
COACH FERENTZ: I don’t think you did. I think he loves you guys actually, talking in general terms. You can move in with him in January. Help yourself. I told him that, too. He can Twitter. Can have a ball (laughter).
Q. He’s coming up with some pretty big milestones. What does that mean to him, what does that mean to you? You’ve had several wide receivers up in the top receptions.
COACH FERENTZ: You know, bottom line is he’s been able to play four years basically. That’s a part of it. That’s not something you just take for granted, the fact that he’s been able to stay healthy. He has been productive. He’s come up with a lot of big plays for us, a lot of deep balls where he’s made some good plays.
You know, when you connect on deep balls, that helps the yardage part of it. He’s done a lot of good things for us, been a real good player.
He’s really a pleasant guy. Like I told you before, it’s not like we’re cats and dogs at all. I’m the killjoy and he’s the fun guy, so… Old guy/young guy. One of those deals.