Lance First Ever Freshman Named Walter Payton Award Winner

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FRISCO, Texas (Valley News Live) -- A huge night for North Dakota State redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance.

The Marshall, Minn. native becomes the first freshman to ever be named the Walter Payton Award winner, presented to the best offensive player in FCS football.

In addition, Lance was awarded the Jerry Rice Award Friday night, presented to the top freshman in FCS football.

Lance has completed 186 passes on 277 attempts this year, averaging more than 180 yards per game with no interceptions. He has thrown 28 touchdown passes while rushing for another 13 to lead the Bison.

He becomes the second NDSU football player to collect a national award and the first since former NDSU defensive end Kyle Emanuel won the Buck Buchanan his senior season.

Lance was not in attendance to collect his honors, choosing to stay with his teammates to prepare for the FCS National Championship Saturday. Instead his parents Carlton and Angie were present to collect on his behalf.