One-on-one with Iowa safety Jack Koerner

Daily Iowan Sports Editor Anna Kayser caught up with Hawkeye safety Jack Koerner to talk about baseball, superheroes, and what his life would look like without football.

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Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner flies over Penn State running back Devyn Ford during the Iowa football game against Penn State in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. The Nittany Lions defeated the Hawkeyes 17-12.

Anna Kayser, Sports Editor

The Daily Iowan: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of football?

Jack Koerner: Outside of football? I like to watch movies. I’m a pretty big fan of movies, and you know, play the occasional video game. But yeah, just hanging out with my roommates pretty much.

 

DI: What’s your favorite movie?
Koerner: My favorite movie is Glory Road. It’s a basketball movie [set in] the 1960s.

 

DI: Who is the funniest guy on the team?
Koerner: I think Riley Moss is a pretty funny guy in our DB room. He’s just kind of a different guy. He’s not even trying to be funny, but it’s just what he does comes off funny to me. Maybe other people won’t agree, but I think he’s pretty funny.

 

DI: What do you think about a potential NCAA Football comeback?

Koerner: I think that sounds pretty awesome. I played those games growing up, and I played constant hours of them, so that’d be pretty awesome if they came back.

 

DI: What is your favorite home-cooked meal?

Koerner: Sometimes my mom will make — when it’s a special occasion, she’ll make crab legs and steak. When she does that, that’s a meal I always miss being here.

 

DI: What is your go-to eating spot in Iowa City?

Koerner: I’d say probably Stella. That’s one of the places we have on black card week, so we go there a lot. Another place we go a lot is Monica’s.

 

DI: What sport would you be playing if you weren’t playing football?

Koerner: Probably baseball. I played baseball in high school, and it was pretty fun.

 

DI: What position?

Koerner: Center field.

 

DI: Did you have a cannon for an arm?

Koerner: I used to — it’s kind of worn down now, I think. I’m glad I don’t have to throw anything anymore.

 

DI: What is your dream career outside of football?

Koerner: That’s something that I’m not too sure about yet. All I know is I want to do something involved in sports, whether that’d be coaching or in a front office or something to do with sports. That’s all I really know anything about.

 

DI: If you could be a superhero, who would you want to be?
Koerner: Probably Thor. Thor is pretty awesome, and I think I could do a good job of that.

 

DI: Do you have any pregame routines outside of warm-ups and stuff?

Koerner: No, I just kind of try to replicate the same thing I do every day. I come into the locker room, eat a piece of gum, put my stuff on, and just listen to music. That’s about it. Every time I wake up, I just try to do the exact same thing every morning.

 

DI: What’s your go-to pump-up song?

Koerner: “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC.

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