Iowa football players knew what questions were going to hit them when they arrived in Tempe, Ariz. When one of them was asked about the arrest of receiver Derrell Johnson- Koulianos, the departure of running back Jewel Hampton or Internet speculation, the response was pretty much the same:
“We’ve just moved forward past that,” tight end Allen Reisner said. “We’re worried about the guys who are in Tempe right now, and we’re all getting better day by day.”
Wednesday marked the first time players have been available to the media since the Insight Bowl matchup with Missouri was announced.
“We’re just really focused on the people who are here,” safety Brett Greenwood said. “Whatever happened is in the past. We’re focused on winning this game, and that’s the bottom line.”
NO REGRETS: Last year, as the Hawkeyes were preparing for the Orange Bowl, defensive end Adrian Clayborn made a decision to return for his senior season.
At the time, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior was being touted as a high, first-round draft pick. He earned all-America honors with his performance this fall, but some wonder if Clayborn’s NFL stock might have dropped.
“I accomplished some things I wanted to accomplish,” Clayborn said Wednesday. “I got my degree last Saturday. I wouldn’t regret coming back.”
Clayborn recorded 20 tackles for loss last season, including 11.5 sacks. He faced more double-teams this year, finishing the regular season with seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Clayborn was asked if he felt he had improved.
“I think I have,” he said. “More mentally, and a little bit physically. But I got to finish my last season with the guys I came in here with. I came back for the total package and I’m glad I came back.”
ALL-STAR GAMES: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said three Hawkeyes have been invited to the Senior Bowl: Ricky Stanzi (quarterback), Adrian Clayborn (defensive end) and Christian Ballard (defensive end). The game will be held Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala. Defensive tackle Karl Klug will play in the East-West Shrine Game, held Jan. 22 in Orlando, Fla.
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