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 and Jerry Rice Awards in 2019 en route to winning the FCS NCAA National Championship. His 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with him only appearing in a single game that year 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. 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.
Lance played running back in youth football and first played at quarterback in middle school. He later attended Marshall High School, where he was viewed as the best quarterback prospect in Minnesota. 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 deemed a wide receiver or defensive back prospect by them and other Power Five schools. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, most analysts predicted Lance or Alabama quarterback Mac Jones would be taken third overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who traded up with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and their third-round pick in 2022. The 49ers selected Lance, making him their first first-round quarterback since Alex Smith in 2005 and the second-highest drafted FCS player after fellow North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Considered a top quarterback prospect in the draft, Lance was one of five taken in the first round. He signed his four-year rookie contract on July 28, 2021, worth $34.1 million, including a $22.2 million signing bonus.
Lance began the 2021 season as the second-string quarterback behind incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo, but made his NFL debut in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. He was utilized on one play during the first quarter, where he threw a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Trent Sherfield in the eventual 41–33 victory. In Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, Lance took the field for two plays and scored a rushing touchdown on the first. The game ended in a 28–30 defeat.
During Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks, Lance saw his first significant playing time when he relieved an injured Garoppolo in the second half. He completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yard and two touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards on seven carries, with the 49ers ultimately losing 21–28. Due to Garoppolo’s injury, Lance was named the starter for the following week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lance completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards, rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries, and threw his first interception on the 49ers’ opening drive to safety Budda Baker in the 10–17 defeat. Following the game, it was announced that Lance suffered a sprained knee. The injury made Lance unavailable for the Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, with Nate Sudfeld replacing him as the second option behind a returning Garoppolo. He returned as Garoppolo’s backup during the next week’s 33–22 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Lance is a Christian and was a leader of his local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in high school. His younger brother Bryce enrolled at North Dakota State in 2021 to play wide receiver for the Bison.
Age 24 years and Net worth 1 Million