SANTA CLARA (UKTN SF) – There’s no doubt about the position the San Francisco 49ers will be aiming for in Thursday night’s NFL Draft. What remains in question just who will be the quarterback will be that they use the No. 3 pick to select.
After an impressive pre-draft day with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance has established himself as a strong choice.
But on a zoom call on Monday, Shanahan remained shy and unengaged on a zoom call on Monday afternoon.
“I will say when we made that decision (to get into the draft) we knew there were five guys we thought we thought we would be okay with taking,” said Shanahan. “After going through this whole process, I feel good with five threesome guys. Yeah, we probably had a guy at the start back then, but we knew it wasn’t set in stone and we knew the only way we could know a little more, especially when you can’t work with guys, you can’t meet these people.
Here are five things to know about Lance.
- Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Lance only played one game last season. Against central Arkansas, Lance showed all his skills. He rushed 15 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 15 of 30 passes for 149 yards and two scores in the 39-28 victory. He also threw his first and only career interception in 307 consecutive attempts.
- In 2019, he led the Bison to an undefeated season and a National Championship Subdivision of the Football Championship. He became the first freshman to win the Walter Payton Award as the best offensive player in the FCS. Won won the Jerry Rice Award as the Subdivision’s top freshman. He is the first player to win both FCS Legacy Grand Prix in the same season. Lance was also the first freshman named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
- By the Numbers – In his only full season of college play, Lance led the FCS with a 180.6 pass efficiency rating, ranked second in yards per passing attempt (9.71), fourth in points responsible for (252 ), fifth in percentage completion (66.9) and 10th in rushing yards per carry (6.51). He set the all-division NCAA record for most passing attempts in a full season (287) without interception. Lance finished the year with an academic record of 288 consecutive career non-interception passing attempts and set NDSU one-season records for passing efficiency (180.6) and total offensive yards (3,886 ).
- Duo Threat – Lance set an NDSU freshman record with 1,100 rushing yards and a team record of 14 rushing touchdowns. Led the Bison with 44 rushing attempts at third base averaging 10.2 yards per attempt, 27 first downs and eight touchdowns. In the FCS Championship game, he was named MVP with a record 30 carries and 166 yards with one touchdown. Lance gave NDSU a two-point lead on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 44-yard touchdown on the third and 23.
- 49er connection – His father, Carlton, played for Southwestern Minnesota State and joined the NFL camps with the Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. Carlton was a cornerback who spent two weeks at 49ers training camp prior to the 1994 season. He was signed on July 22, 1994 and was relinquished two weeks later on August 4, 1994 and continued to play in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and in the World League for the London Monarchs.