Daily Iowan: Do you have a guilty pleasure TV show? Like something you’re afraid to tell your friends that you watch a lot?
Riley Moss: Not really, to be honest with you. I’d say my favorite show right now is “Outer Banks,” but like all my boys watch that. So, it’s not really a guilty pleasure.
DI: Do you have a favorite movie then?
Moss: “Wolf of Wall Street,” easily. Insane movie.
DI: Why do you love that movie?
Moss: Leonardo DiCaprio is crazy in it. And it’s crazy that most of that stuff actually happened. It’s a wild story.
DI: Everyone has their favorite song that gets them pumped up before a game, but do you have a song you like to play when you’re sad? Do you have a “Sad songs to cry to in the shower playlist?”
Moss: It’s an Olivia Rodrigo song. It’s so good though. “Driver’s License,” that’s what it’s called. That’s my sad song. I got a Jeep, so I’ll take the top down and go on a little sunset cruise by myself and not tell anyone and listen to that song.
DI: What is the difference between Nebraska corn and Iowa corn?
Moss: I don’t know, to be honest with you. It makes us stronger and bigger, I guess faster. To be honest with you, I was gonna say, you know, it makes us win games. I don’t know if I can say that. So, I don’t know if you should put that on there.
DI: Do you have a go-to joke that you tell?
Moss: Not really. My roommate Nico [Ragaini] is always hungry. So, he’ll say, you know, “I’m hungry.” And I’ll say, “I’m Riley.” It’s those little dad jokes. I’m a big fan of dad jokes.
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DI: You grew up in Ankeny. What’s it like now to play for Iowa, your home-state team?
Moss: It’s really cool because it was my dream since I was a little kid. You know, me and my dad had season tickets forever. You know, I always asked him, “You think I could play at Iowa?” He said, “You know, you work hard and you do what you’re supposed to do, I think you can.” I didn’t believe him at the time. Sometimes, I didn’t believe him in high school. I kept working hard and I ended up here. Then, I kept working hard here. So, the dream really became a reality. That’s why I’ve really kept setting goals and trying to reach those goals.
DI: If you had to choose between the two, black or gold?
Moss: Probably black. I like black.
DI: What’s your favorite restaurant here in Iowa City?
Moss: That’s a really good question. You know, if I’m thinking like, I’m gonna go on a date and take a girl, I’m gonna go to probably Pullman. Pullman’s really good. I also like Monica’s too. Monica’s is pretty good.
DI: Do you have a favorite Iowa football memory?
Moss: Marvin McNutt catch against Michigan State [in 2009]. That was crazy. Then, I just met [McNutt] in [fall] camp for the first time. I was fanboying over him. He was probably thinking I was a weirdo. The Adrian Clayborn blocked punt [against Penn State in 2009]. Josh Jackson’s one-handed pick against Ohio State [in 2017]. That was crazy. I was there. That was nuts. There’s so many that I could name.
DI: You said you’re a Casey’s pizza guy. Is your favorite pizza there the breakfast pizza?
Moss: To be honest with you, I love their pepperoni pizza. It’s unreal. I also like their sausage breakfast pizza. It’s fire.
DI: When you recorded those two pick-sixes against Indiana, was there any part of you that was like, “Don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall?”
Moss: No, to be honest with you, there was nothing going through my mind just because it happened so fast. You know, next thing I know, I was in the end zone. I didn’t even know how to react. Yeah, it was so quick and it was something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.
DI: What’s the dumbest question you’ve ever been asked at a meeting with reporters and was it something I said?
Moss: That’s a good question. Next question, please.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.