One-on-one with Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith

Daily Iowan football reporter Pete Mills caught up with Hawkeye wide receiver Brandon Smith, who gave his thoughts on uniforms, music, and burgers

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One-on-one with Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith

Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith talks with teammates in the huddle during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 33-7.

Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith talks with teammates in the huddle during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 33-7.

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Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith talks with teammates in the huddle during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 33-7.

Nick Rohlman

Nick Rohlman

Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith talks with teammates in the huddle during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. during Iowa's game against Northern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 33-7.

Pete Mills, Sports Reporter

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Daily Iowan: What do you plan on listening to before games this season?
Smith: Favorite artist is by far Lil Wayne. Hands down. I’m more into
his mixtapes than his albums, like Dedication 6. When he dropped
Dedication 6: Reloaded, I was in the dorms freaking out because he
had just dropped Dedication 6 and maybe two or three days later, he
dropped Reloaded. There were 15 or 16 songs on it. I always listen
to that.

DI: You got to do a photoshoot with a hawk this year. What was that like?
Smith: The bird, the hawk. At first, I’m not going to lie, it was kind
of scary. Its claws were sharp and huge. And its beak. I was looking
down to smile for the picture, and its beak was just scary. I got over
it, and it was kind of cool; I kind of wanted one. I didn’t want to
give him up.

DI: What’s your go-to restaurant in Iowa City?
Smith: I really like Airliner. I get the F-16 Burger. It’s got
barbecue sauce on it, onion rings on it. Always good.

DI: What’re your thoughts on the gold uniforms Iowa will wear in the
game against Penn State?
Smith: We have some people who didn’t really like them — they thought
they were kind of like banana peels or something. I like them because
it’s just different.

DI: Is there a professional athlete you look up to?
Smith: Julio Jones. Big-body receiver. His play talks for him so he
doesn’t have to talk a lot.

DI: What’s your favorite move to do off a diving board?
Smith: I really can’t explain it. So, in Mississippi, we have this
thing called a slice. It’s like a gainer or something, like a
backflip, but all stiff.

DI: What’s your favorite movie?
Smith: My favorite movie is Annabelle, all of [those]. And the Anabelle: Creation one. Oh my gosh.

DI: Favorite actor?
Smith: Kevin Hart. He’s hilarious. Everything he’s in is hilarious.

DI: Did you grow up playing any sports other than football?
Smith: I was a big baseball guy. I love baseball. I just started
playing football. And I was a big track guy, too, because my parents
love track. I didn’t like [it], though.

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