Former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz was an NFL MVP candidate in 2017, when he threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 13 games. Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and five years later, North Dakota State is poised to have another top NFL draft pick in quarterback Trey Lance. 

Lance’s time on the football field was limited. He attempted just one pass while appearing in two games during the 2018 season and he played in North Dakota State’s only game last fall, a 39-28 win over Central Arkansas. But his star burned bright in the season between. During the 2019 season, Lance completed roughly two-thirds of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards, all while not throwing a single interception.

Here are the essentials from his college career:

  • Trey Lance played in 19 games for North Dakota State — two in 2018, 16 in 2019 and one in 2020.
  • North Dakota State was 19-0 in the games in which Trey Lance appeared. His college career came amid a 39-game winning streak for the Bison.
  • Lance won two national championships with North Dakota State in 2018 and 2019, but the former came during a season in which the quarterback appeared in just two games, the last of which was a win over South Dakota on Oct. 27, 2018. For the season, he rushed eight times for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while completing his only pass for 12 yards.

But the next season, in 2019, Lance exploded as North Dakota State’s quarterback, as he completed 192-of-287 passes for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while rushing for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns. In a 28-20 win over James Madison in the 2020 FCS National Championship, which concluded the 2019 season, Lance rushed a season-high 30 times for a season-best 166 yards, while completing a season-low six passes on just 10 attempts.