CEDAR FALLS — Reggie Schulte figures Colton Lueck owes him a steak dinner.
For five years, the redshirt senior quarterback from Cedar Rapids has done a little of everything for the Northern Iowa football team.
Panther head coach Mark Farley has often referred to his back-up quarterback as another coach.
Schulte has been UNI’s primary signal relay every season, and he’s given up dressing on some road games so the Panthers could take an extra player at another position.
“Reggie Schulte is the diamond of the football team,” Farley said.
Despite everything he has meant to the Panthers, Schulte had never taken a snap in a game. That changed on Saturday late in the fourth quarter.
With just under two minutes to go, Farley signaled for Schulte to go in. As he jogged in, he pointed up into the stands to his family.
Then Schulte barked out signals, and Lueck snapped the ball low and hard at Schulte’s shoelaces. The end result, after Schulte scrambled and covered up the ball, was a 15-yard loss.
“I’ve always wanted to do that in my career,” Schulte said of getting into the game. “Appreciative of the guys wanting to get me in, Coach Farley wanting to get me in. Ever since I’ve been here, I loved being a Panther.”
As for that first play, “He might owe me a steak dinner,” laughed Schulte. “I don’t know if that counts for official rushing yards, but I might have the least rushing yards in UNI history. So, I’ve got that going for me.”
Schulte almost went into the game with nine minutes left. With starter Eli Dunne unavailable because of injury, back-up Colton Howell was shaken up on a late hit that resulted in a Sycamore penalty.
But a TV timeout allowed Howell to shake off the cobwebs and Schulte took off his helmet and put back on his headset.
Then as the clock was winding down late Farley was waiting for a chance to get Schulte in on Senior Day.
“I was ready to call timeouts, do everything we could to stop them, start blitzing to get Reggie in just to show the appreciation for what he has done for us,” Farley said.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Daurice Fountain’s two touchdown catches in the first half were his eighth and ninth of the season.
Fountain is the first UNI receiver to have eight or more touchdown catches in a season this decade. The Madison, Wis., native now has 20 career touchdown catches, which ties him for seventh all-time in UNI history.