McNutt on the game, home cooking, grades

BY AMIE KIEHN | OCTOBER 09, 2009 7:20 AM

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DI: You are only a couple of weeks removed from having the exact same atmosphere this Saturday. This time, the crowd will be behind you. How big of a factor is that?

McNutt: It is definitely going to be a factor, because our fans are crazy and they love the game. I don’t know if the atmosphere will be too much of a factor because everyone still has to play between the lines and work his technique.

DI: Take us through your game-day routine; what are you doing?

McNutt: I know every day I read the Bible. One of my favorite verses, which really calms me down, Joshua 1:9. That really helps, and that is one of my favorite things to do. And listening to music really helps. I just do those two things and really keep my head level. I think that whatever happens is going to happen, everything happens for a reason.

DI: Being a former quarterback, do you ever want to get back behind center during a game and take a few snaps?

McNutt: You don’t really think about it during a game, but you know when you are watching the game, you see something and you are like, “Man, I wish I was playing,” but right now, when you are in the game, you are just happy to be out there in the receiver position. You still have chance to get the ball.

DI: The offense has a strong balance as far as receivers go; a lot of players are getting catches. Do you like the current pass distribution?

McNutt: I do. I like it when everybody gets a catch, everybody sees more of us and how versatile we are.

DI: Being a college student away from home, what’s the home-cooked meal you missed the most?

McNutt: My mom cooks a lot of different things. I love when she cooks macaroni and cheese with sweet potatoes. She doesn’t mix it together, but I like the combination. She makes this chicken where she puts this hot sauce and sweet honey sauce on it ? I just love it. Also my dad’s barbecue. I just like to eat, period.

DI: You were a skilled basketball player in St. Louis; what’s your team? Who are the players you follow?

McNutt: Growing up, it was definitely Michael Jordan, but when I got to high school, I tried to model my game after Magic Johnson. But then like now — I don’t really watch the pros like, “Here’s my team.” I actually played some of those guys in the NBA now. I just like to watch the style of play and just see whose good, because St. Louis doesn’t have a team, so I really can’t have a favorite.

DI: So you like the old-school players …

McNutt: Yeah, I like the old-school players, but at the same time, I do have a couple of players who I like to watch play, LeBron obviously, Kobe, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, and different players like that.

DI: What has been your proudest moment so far at Iowa?

McNutt: I think last semester. I had a 3.0 grade-point average, it was like a 3.2 or something like that. It really felt good. The first semester, I just did terrible, and [then getting a 3.2 GPA] really helped to ease my mind that I can be a college student-athlete.

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