Jantz “emerged clearly as #1” per Rhoads


The path that Steele Jantz took to become the starting quarterback at Iowa State was not the conventional route.

Once he got to Ames last spring, Jantz joined three teammates in a battle to become the starter. Jantz, like the others, was told by Head Coach Paul Rhoads that they would be examined and measured daily in the areas of “decision making, throwing accuracy and getting things done with (their) feet.”

Saturday, night the coach confirmed with enthusiasm that Jantz will be the starter.

“As we went into camp, the problem was a positive one… we had (multiple) guys playing well,” Rhoads said. “One just needed to play better. We went through the entire camp and Steele emerged clearly as the #1 guy.”

Can the player with the least experience at Iowa State and in Division 1A be successful?

“Guys come from JC all the time and make the transition,” Rhoads said.

The last junior college quarterback to hit campus and win the job at Iowa State was Seneca Wallace in 2001. Wallace, who like Jantz played at a California JC before transferring, is one of the Cyclones’ all-time greats.

Before he came to ISU, Jantz played football at Hawaii and the City College of San Francisco. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton, had a similar path going from Florida to Blinn JC before leading Auburn to its special season.

Jantz, of course, will write his own script. But, he has clearly emerged as Rhoads’ choice.

“After the second scrimmage (Wednesday), we had a pretty good idea” Rhoads said. “His decision making has improved every day.”

And, his best decision was joining the Cyclones last spring.

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