Trey Lance Biography
Trey Lance is an American football quarterback who was born on May 9, 2000. He now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, who are members of the National Football League (NFL). He participated in college football at North Dakota State, where he was a member of the team that went on to win the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game and was awarded the Walter Payton and Jerry Rice Awards while he was a freshman. Although the 49ers had selected Lance third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, he spent most of his first season in the league serving as a backup. In 2022, Lance was given the starting role, but an injury cut his season short before it was completed.
Early life and high school
The 9th of May, 2000 found Lance being brought into the world in Marshall, Minnesota. He received the most of his coaching from his father, Carlton, who played cornerback professionally in the past for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League and the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football.
In childhood football, Lance played as a running back, and he made his first appearances at quarterback in middle school. After that, he went on to attend Marshall High School, where it was said that he was the most promising quarterback prospect in the state of Minnesota. Initially, Lance had his sights set on playing for the University of Minnesota, and after attending a recruiting event there in February 2017, he was prepared to make a commitment to the school. On the other hand, both they and the other Power Five schools believed that he had potential as a defensive back or wide receiver. Schools competing in the Group of Five conferences or the Football Championship Subdivision were the only ones to provide Lance with an opportunity to maintain his position as a quarterback in their programs. In December of 2017, he made his final decision to enroll at North Dakota State.
In 2018, Lance wore a redshirt for the majority of the season, but he did participate in two games, during which he scored two rushing touchdowns. After leading the Bison to the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game and earning Most Valuable Player honors in that game’s 28–20 triumph, he was chosen as the starting quarterback in 2019 and was given the honor.   At the end of the season, Lance set a new record for the most passing attempts in a season without throwing an interception. He completed 192 of 287 passes for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and no interceptions, setting a new standard for the NCAA. In addition, he ran the ball 169 times, gaining 1100 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. As a result of his play during that season, Lance was recognized as the most outstanding offensive player in the FCS and was given the Jerry Rice Award for being the best freshman in the FCS. Both of these awards were presented to him.
Before the season was delayed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, 2020 was going to be Lance’s year to go back on the track. That season, he participated in only one game, which was a single contest versus Central Arkansas in October of 2020. During his time at college, Lance threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, but he also committed one interception with the pass he threw. The remainder of the season for the Bison was supposed to be made up in the beginning of 2021, however, after the game, Lance made the announcement that he would be opting out in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
The majority of draft experts anticipated that either Alabama quarterback Mac Jones or Lance would be selected third overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2021 NFL Draft. In order to move up in the draft order, the 49ers traded up with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 as well as their third-round pick in 2022. The selection of Lance by the 49ers made him the team’s first first-round quarterback since Alex Smith in 2005. He was also the second-highest drafted player from an FCS school, behind only Carson Wentz, who also played quarterback for North Dakota State. Lance, who was one of five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the draft, was widely regarded as a top quarterback prospect. To July 28, 2021, he put his signature on a rookie contract that was valued $34.1 million over the course of four years.
Lance started the 2021 season as the backup quarterback to Jimmy Garoppolo, but he played his first game in the NFL in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. He was used for one play in the first quarter when he threw a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Trent Sherfield, which helped his team win 41–33. Lance played two plays against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. On the first play, he ran for a touchdown. The score of the game was a loss, 28–30.
When Garoppolo got hurt in Week 4’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, Lance took over for him in the second half. This was Lance’s first significant playing time. He completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 41 yards, but the 49ers lost 21–28. Due to Garoppolo’s injury, Lance was chosen to start the game against the Arizona Cardinals the following week. Lance completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards, ran 16 times for 89 yards, and threw his first interception to safety Budda Baker on the 49ers’ first drive. The 49ers lost 10–17. After the game, it was said that Lance had sprained his knee. Lance got hurt, so he couldn’t play against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. Nate Sudfeld took his place as the second quarterback after Garoppolo returned. He came back the next week to back up Garoppolo in the team’s 33–22 win over the Chicago Bears. Lance didn’t get back on the field until the 49ers’ last drive of Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before taking the victory formation to finish off the 30–10 win, he ran for seven yards.
Lance stayed the backup quarterback for the next five weeks until Garoppolo hurt his thumb against the Tennessee Titans in a 17–20 loss. In Week 17 against the Houston Texans, which was Lance’s second start, he threw for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The 49ers went on to win 23–7, giving Lance the first win of his career. After Garoppolo came back for the regular season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, Lance’s start was his last game of the season. During the 49ers’ run to the NFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Rams in, he played as a backup.  Lance said after the season that he had spent the whole year dealing with an injury to his right index finger that he got in a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Lance was picked as the starter instead of Garoppolo for the 2022 season, but he only played in two games before breaking his ankle in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. This ended his season. His only full game of the season was the first one, which was a 10–19 loss to the Chicago Bears. He completed 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and an interception.
Lance is a Christian, and in high school, he was the leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group in his area. Bryce, who is younger, plays wide receiver for North Dakota State.