NOTEBOOK: Coaches aim to ‘bottle’ Jantz’s success


Quarterback Steele Jantz passes the ball in the game against Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Jack Trice Stadium. Jantz completed 36 out of 52 passes in the 35-21 win.

Jake Calhoun

Steele Jantz is the man yet again for the ISU football team.

Following a career-high five-touchdown performance on Saturday, Oct. 27, against Baylor from Jantz, ISU coach Paul Rhoads called off the quarterback quarrel and named him the starter for this weekend’s game against Oklahoma.

“After watching film, he had a very good day,” Rhoads said of Jantz. “Without immediately knowing some of those pass grades and pass performances, I’d still put it up there as probably his best game as a Cyclone.”

Heading into last weekend’s 35-21 Homecoming win against Baylor, Jantz was battling with former starter Jared Barnett and redshirt freshman Sam Richardson for the starting spot at quarterback.

For the receivers, not having a quarterback controversy this week will help in more ways than one.

“It kind of helps the chemistry with the receivers and anything like that when we know who’s going to start and whatnot,” said wideout Quenton Bundrage.

Maintaining a mentality of consistency will be key for Jantz, who earned his first Big 12 win in six tries as a starter (1-5).

“He’s got to have the same composure that leads to confidence going into the week and going into the game that he had for this one,” Rhoads said. “That’s not necessarily something that’s easily bottled, but there’s a formula there and he knows what it was and needs to get right back at it.”

In that game, Jantz went 36-of-52 passing for 381 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He set career highs in completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

On Sunday, offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham joked he wouldn’t have to work as many hours if he could figure out a way to “bottle” Jantz’s success.

The offense ran 102 plays under Jantz on Saturday, tying the school record set on Sept. 29, 2007, in a 35-17 loss to Nebraska.

For the second straight week, Rhoads made the executive decision to relinquish Jantz’s availability to the media.

“After Saturday’s game, he was focused on this Saturday’s game; I really believe that,” Rhoads said of Jantz. “He played an excellent football game last week without having any distractions of having to talk to outside people.”

Broomfield snags pass with ‘club’ for an arm

All week, Rhoads had been trying to motivate nickelback Deon Broomfield to play as he usually would despite wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

With less than two minutes left in the win against Baylor, Broomfield swatted a pass by BU quarterback Nick Florence, successfully picking it off for his second interception this season.

“[Rhoads] even put up pictures of when he played and he had a big club on his hand,” Broomfield said. “He told me I was going to get an interception or two and when the opportunity came; I just tried to cradle it with my elbows and catch it with my stomach. I was pretty lucky.”

Broomfield said he has become a lot more timid playing with the cast, having tallied just four tackles against Baylor.

“It really hurts just getting hit on it, and you’ve got to adjust trying to grab people,” Broomfield said. “Getting it jammed and stuff, there’s a lot of adjusting to be made. It’s definitely weird, but you’ve got to have fun with it and go with it.”