Iowa keeps loquacious WR DJK quiet off the field

Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a record-breaking

game, surpassing Tim Dwight’s school mark for yards receiving and

catching a personal-best three touchdowns in a 38-28 win over


Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz looked as if there was a better

chance of him walking home than there was of making

Johnson-Koulianos available to the media.

”You guys can talk to him in January,” Ferentz said


He probably wasn’t joking.

Ferentz has insisted Johnson-Koulianos isn’t in his doghouse –

though he rarely lets reporters talk to him – and did praise him

some after his sensational performance.

”He’s done a great job,” Ferentz said. ”I’m really proud of

what he’s done.”

Johnson-Koulianos vowed in August to reveal his thoughts to the

world on his Twitter account as soon as the 2010 season was


”Whatever January bowl that we happen to play in, that next

evening will be a tweet fest for DJK,” Johnson-Koulianos said a

couple months ago at media day.

It’s usually safe to assume the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0

Big Ten) will end up playing in January because they have six times

since 2003.

It used to be that way with college football’s winningest


The Wolverines had their 33-season bowl streak snapped two years

ago in Rich Rodriguez’s debut season and finished 5-7 last year

after winning their first four games.

There’s no guarantee Michigan (5-2, 1-2) will earn a spot in the

postseason this season after starting 5-0 and losing two straight

with a tough schedule ahead.

Athletic director Dave Brandon hopes a weary fan base takes ”a

deep breath” and doesn’t panic.

”We’ve got a lot of games to play,” Brandon said. ”There was

a lot of disappointment in the locker room. The kids and coaches

were disappointed. That’s what you want.”

The Wolverines are getting what they need this week – a Saturday

off – to rest quarterback Denard Robinson, who left the Iowa game

with a shoulder injury, and give banged-up linemen Mike Martin and

David Molk a chance to get healthier.

Michigan, which will play Oct. 30 at Penn State, can also use

the extra time to work on their many problems on both sides of the


”We have to clean up some things,” Rodriguez said. ”The

attitude of the kids is good. The effort is good, but the execution

has to be better.”

The Hawkeyes will have to be at their best the next two weeks –

hosting No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 8 Michigan State – to keep their

unblemished record in the Big Ten. The Spartans are the only team

with a 3-0 conference record, just ahead of Iowa and Purdue, both

of which won their first two Big Ten games.

”It’s not really anything to celebrate at this point,” Ferentz

said. ”It’s like the preseason polls and who’s going to win the

Heisman and all that stuff. There’s so much football and so much is

going to get decided in the next six weeks. There’s going to be a

lot of things happening in the next couple of weeks.”