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Born in Campbell, Ohio, DerUSArell Johnson-Koulianos, born February 24, 1987, and sometimes nicknamed DJK,

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-24) February 24, 1987 (age 34)
High School: Cardinal Mooney High School
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, born February 24, 1987, and sometimes nicknamed DJK,[1] was a wide receiver for the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2007-2010 seasons, and also the Iowa Hawkeye's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Currently, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is a free agent. During the 2007 season, Johnson-Koulianos caught 38 passes for 482 yards and two touchdowns. In 2008 he caught 44 passes for 639 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2009, his productivity once again increased as he caught 45 passes for 750 yards and 2 touchdowns.[2]

Early life

While at Cardinal Mooney High School, Johnson-Koulianos received Ohio first-team all-state honors as a junior and a senior. On June 17, 2006,[3] he was named Most Valuable Player for the Ohio team at the Big 33 Football Classic.[4] Running for 138 yards and throwing for 118, Johnson-Koulianos had a part in three Ohio touchdowns.[3]

2010 Season

Before the season began, Johnson-Koulianos appeared on a few college football award watch lists. He was one of the nation's 48 top collegiate players named to the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, awarded to college football's most versatile athlete, as well as selected for the Biletnikoff Award watch list, awarded to college football's top receiver.[5]

In the season opener against Eastern Illinois, Johnson-Koulianos caught just 1 pass for 4 yards. The next week, against Iowa State, he grabbed 5 receptions for 65 yards. In the Hawkeyes' 3rd game of the year, a 34-27 loss to Arizona, Johnson-Koulianos hauled in 7 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown, which sparked an Iowa run of 20 unanswered points. Johnson-Koulianos followed his efforts against the Wildcats by hauling in 4 catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 45-0 rout of Ball State. The next week against Penn State, he made 4 catches for 64 yards and the only receiving touchdown of the game for the Hawkeyes. In his next game (against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor), Johnson-Koulianos would not disappoint, grabbing 4 receptions for 70 yards; three of them were touchdowns. In a 31-30 loss to the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers, Johnson-Koulianos caught 5 passes for 93 yards and a TD.


On December 7, 2010, Johnson-Koulianos was arrested on multiple drug charges. Accordingly, he was suspended for the Hawkeye's bowl game, ending his college career.[6] On January 24, 2011, Johnson-Koulianos pleaded guilty to marijuana possession. As a result, the other drug charges against him were dismissed. He was granted a deferred judgment and received a year of self-probation, plus a $315 fine.[7]

Collegiate statistics

Year Team G Rec Yards AVG TD
2007 Iowa 12 38 482 11.9 2
2008 Iowa 13 44 639 14.5 3
2009 Iowa 12 45 750 16.7 2
2010 Iowa 12 46 745 16.2 10
Total 49 173 2616 15.1 17

Professional career

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos went undrafted in the NFL, but was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on October 19, 2011. In January 2012, he signed with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League. He was released in late February, 2012. He resigned with the Montreal Alouettes on June 5 and was released on June 18th. He currently co-hosts an Iowa football-themed podcast on KRUI 89.7 FM in Iowa City, Iowa.


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