Trey Lance

Trey Lance
No. 5 – San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Born: (2000-05-09) May 9, 2000 (age 21)
Marshall, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Marshall Senior
College:North Dakota State (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Trey Lance (born May 9, 2000) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota State, where he received the Walter Payton Award and Jerry Rice Award in 2019 en route to winning the NCAA Division I Football Championship. His 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with him only appearing in a single game prior to being selected third overall by the 49ers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Lance was born in Marshall, Minnesota on May 9, 2000.[1] He was trained mainly by his father Carlton, a former cornerback at Southwest Minnesota State who also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League and the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football.[1][2][3] [4]

Lance played running back in youth football and first played at quarterback in middle school.[4][1] He later attended Marshall High School, where he was viewed as the best quarterback prospect in Minnesota.[5] He initially wanted to play at the University of Minnesota and had been ready to commit there after attending a recruiting event in February 2017. However, he was not considered a quarterback prospect by them or other Power Five schools as they wanted him to play wide receiver or defensive back instead.[3][1] The only schools that offered him the chance to stay at quarterback were from schools in the Group of Five conferences or the Football Championship Subdivision, with Lance eventually committing to North Dakota State in December 2017.[3][6][7]

College career

Lance was redshirted for the 2018 season, but played in two games where he recorded two rushing touchdowns. He was named the starter in 2019 and led the Bison to the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game and was named its most valuable player in the 28–20 victory.[8][1] He finished the season throwing 287 times for 28 touchdowns and no interceptions, an NCAA record for most passing attempts in a season without an interception. He also ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns.[9] For his performance that season, he won the Walter Payton Award as the FCS's most outstanding offensive player and the Jerry Rice Award as the FCS's best freshman.[10][11]

Lance was set to start again in 2020 before the season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His only game appearance that season was in a single game against Central Arkansas in October 2020, where he threw for two touchdowns and ran for an additional two while throwing the only interception of his college career.[9] The Bison were scheduled to make up the rest of the season in early 2021, but Lance announced following the game that he would opt-out and begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.[12]


Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 2 0 1 1 100 12 12 0 0 200.8 8 82 10.3 2
2019 16 16 192 287 66.9 2,786 9.7 28 0 180.6 169 1,100 6.5 14
2020 1 1 15 30 50 149 5 2 1 107.1 15 143 9.5 2
Career[13] 19 17 208 318 65.4 2,947 9.3 30 1 173.8 192 1,325 6.9 18

Professional career

One of the top quarterback prospects of the 2021 NFL Draft, Lance was selected third overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who traded their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 to move up to the selection earlier that offseason.[14][15][16] The selection was seen as somewhat of a surprise, as most analysts had projected the 49ers' pick to be Mac Jones during the lead up to the draft.[17] Lance was the 49ers' highest drafted quarterback since Alex Smith in 2005, and was also the second-highest drafted FCS player after fellow North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016.

Personal life

Lance is a Christian and was a leader of his local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in high school.[4] His younger brother Bryce enrolled at North Dakota State in 2021 to play wide receiver for the Bison.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e Goodbread, Chase (September 30, 2020). "How You Like Me Now?". Retrieved September 30, 2020. Heck, if he enters the 2021 draft, he wouldn't even be able to celebrate his selection with a legal beer; he won't turn 21 until May 9, a couple weeks after the draft, he doesn't drink so it doesn't matter.
  2. ^ "Carlton Lance (2011)". Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Schlabach, Mark (September 30, 2020). "Who is Trey Lance? Meet the NFL draft darling playing only once this fall". Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Thamel, Pete (September 30, 2020). "All eyes on Fargo: How NDSU's Trey Lance became a top NFL prospect". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "2018 Minnesota Player Rankings". 247. CBS INTERACTIVE. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Power, Charles. "Meet Trey Lance, the best QB you haven't heard of — yet". 247. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "PREP FOOTBALL: Marshall's Trey Lance signs National Letter of Intent to play football at North Dakota State University". Marshall Independent. December 21, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  8. ^ @NCAA_FCS (January 11, 2020). "Your 2019 #FCSChampionship Most Outstanding Player" (Tweet). Retrieved January 11, 2020 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ a b Schlabach, Mark. "After lone fall game, North Dakota State QB Trey Lance elects to skip spring season, enter NFL draft". ESPN. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "North Dakota State's Trey Lance first freshman to win Walter Payton Award". January 10, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  11. ^ NDSU Athletic Department. "Bison QB Trey Lance wins Jerry Rice Award". Williston Herald. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "After lone fall game, North Dakota State QB Trey Lance elects to skip spring season, enter NFL draft". ESPN. October 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "2019 Football Roster - Trey Lance". Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  14. ^ "49ers select North Dakota St. quarterback Trey Lance with third overall pick". Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  15. ^ Scott, Jelani (April 25, 2021). "49ers shift focus to Alabama QB Mac Jones, NDSU QB Trey Lance with No. 3 pick". Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  16. ^ Schuster, Blake (April 29, 2021). "Kyle Shanahan Says Trey Lance Was 49ers' Target with No. 3 Pick 'All Along'". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  17. ^ Purdum, David (April 23, 2021). "Quarterback Mac Jones now favorite to be selected third overall by San Francisco 49ers". ESPN. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  18. ^ Thiel, Sam. "Marshall's Bryce Lance signs National Letter of Intent to play football at North Dakota State University". Marshall Independent. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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