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U of I students react to DJK charges


IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is the talk of campus. Nicknamed DJK, the Hawkeyes football star already has quite a reputation on the field, but now students and fans are talking about him for a different reason.

Johnson-Koulianos faces four counts of possession of controlled substances, keeping a drug house and two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs. The drug possession charges involve both cocaine and marijuana, in addition to the prescription drug, Zanax.

While being charged with these crimes does not mean Johnson-Koulianos is guilty, disappointment was a common theme among students and fans on the University of Iowa campus.

"I couldn't believe that he would throw his football career away by doing something stupid like that," said University of Iowa senior Robyn Blendowski.

The university has suspended DJK from all football activities, including the upcoming Insight Bowl.

Sophomores Steven Boswell and Michael Kirk play in the Hawkeye marching band and will be performing in the upcoming bowl game.

"I was disappointed. There is no reason for him to do that. He just ruined his career," Boswell said.

"My girlfriend texted me. I was just kind of in shock. I asked my friend who has his laptop to look it up and then he found out it was true and I got really mad," Kirk said.

In fact, many student found out at the basketball game Tuesday night. No official announcement was made at the game, but the student section was buzzing as people heard the news on mobile news websites and through text messages.

Despite their disappointment, many students are still hopeful about the Hawkeyes' chances at the Insight Bowl.

"Yeah, he's their biggest down field threat, but we still got McNutt," Boswell said.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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