September 12, 2011
Former Nevada Union star Steele Jantz earns Big 12 Offensive Player of Week honors

Steele Jantz lost his senior season at quarterback for Nevada Union High School in 2007, victim of a broken leg.

So long prep memories and scholarship dreams. Jantz resurfaced at national community college power San Francisco City College and last fall was named All-American. The scholarship interest returned, and landed at Iowa State.

Cyclones fans are thrilled he did.

Jantz was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after leading Iowa State past rival Iowa on Saturday 44-41 in triple overtime. Able to scramble and blessed with a rocket arm, Jantz passed for 279 yards and four touchdowns.

In just his second Iowa State start, Jantz led the Cyclones on three successive touchdown drives.

The 6-foot-3 junior bounced back from a shaky opener when he threw three interceptions. He is the clear starter now and the most exciting passer in Ames since perhaps Seneca Wallace generated early Heisman Trophy interest a decade ago. Wallace of Cordova High School and Sacramento City College is now a backup for the Cleveland Browns.

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