Follow former BVU football standout Jesse Schmidt (2002-05) as he plays his fourth season in the Arena Football League (AFL) and second with the Iowa Barnstormers in 2011. Weekly updates to follow the success of Schmidt will be posted to this site throughout the season.
Game 1: March 12th @ Spokane Shock
Schmidt finished with a game-high 12 receptions for 157 yards and four touchdowns, to help lift the Barnstormers to a thrilling 69-63 overtime victory. He caught three of his touchdowns in the opening quarter to give Iowa a 21-14 lead.
Game 2: March 17th vs. Utah Blaze
Schmidt hauled in a game-leading nine catches for 103 yards and three scores. He caught a touchdown pass less than a minute into the game for the second straight week. Iowa, however, suffered its first loss of the year, 69-49.
Game 3: March 31st vs. Chicago Rush
Another big game by Schmidt, as he caught a game-high 15 passes for 154 yards and three more touchdowns, but the Barnstormers fell for the second straight week, 62-61 in overtime. Schmidt now has 10 touchdown grabs on the year.
Game 4: April 6th at Pittsburgh Power
Schmidt was held to a season-low three catches for only 21 yards, as the Barnstormers beat the Pittsburgh Power 55-42.
Game 5: April 14th vs. Chicago Rush
Schmidt turned in a record-breaking performance despite the Rush getting a late field goal with 1.8 seconds left to win, 50-49. Schmidt put the Barnstormers in front 21-7 after the first quarter by hauling in all three touchdown passes. After adding one more catch in the second, he added two more TD grabs in the third quarter as Iowa led 42-41 heading into the fourth. Schmidt and Banks hooked up for the franchise's record-breaking touchdown grab early in the fourth to put the Barnstormers up 49-41 before the Rush scored the game's final nine points. After the game, Schmidt was named the game's National Guard MVP, Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, and the JSL Ironman of the Game. He now leads the the team and the AFL with 17 touchdown catches this season.
Game 6: April 20th at Utah Blaze
Schmidt hauled in 12 catches for 172 yards, as well as four touchdowns to lead the Barnstormers. His biggest catch was the 37 yard bomb he reeled in from QB JJ Raterink. The Barnstormers took a tough defeat, losing 63-62 to the Utah Blaze
Game 7: April 28th vs. San Jose SaberCats
Schimdt averaged over 17 yards per catch as he pulled in seven catches for 120 yards. He also grabbed two touchdowns. This all came in a rout as the SaberCats won, 76-33.
3/19 @ Pittsburgh Power
3/25 vs. Spokane Shock
4/1 @ San Jose SaberCats
4/9 @ Kansas City Command
4/16 Chicago Rush
4/23 @ Tulsa Talons
4/30 vs. Philadelphia Soul
5/6 @ Dallas Vigilantes
5/13 @ Jacksonville Sharks
5/27 Utah Blaze
6/4 Orlando Predators
6/11 @ Arizona Rattlers
6/18 Dallas Vigilantes
6/26 @ Chicago Rush
7/1 Tulsa Talons
7/9 Kansas City Command
7/15 @ Milwaukee Iron
7/23 Georgia Force
Follow former Buena Vista football players Jesse Schmidt and Carlos Martinez throughout the 2011 Arena Football League season by clicking on their respective link below.
#22 Jesse Schmidt
#3 Carlos Martinez
Also follow Rahn Franklin in the Indoor Football League's Sioux City Bandits.
#39 Rahn Franklin