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NDSU’s Trey Lance Named to STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List

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Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 3:51 PM CST
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North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance was one of 24 freshmen named to the initial STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award watch list Tuesday, Nov. 5. The award has been presented annually since 2011 to the top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Lance, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound redshirt freshman from Marshall, Minn., ranks second in the FCS in passing efficiency (186.1), fourth in pass completion percentage (.686), sixth in yards per pass attempt (9.30) and ninth in points responsible for (162) through nine games.

Lance has attempted a school-record 160 consecutive passes without an interception going 109-for-159 this season for 1,479 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is also NDSU's leading rusher with 88 attempts for 595 yards and eight TDs for the Bison, who rank second in the FCS in points per game (39.2) and fourth in rushing yards per game (288.0).

The first NDSU freshman to start a season-opener for the Bison, Lance burst onto the scene against Butler passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 116 yards and two scores. He was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week for that performance.

He earned a second MVFC Newcomer of the Week honor following a win in the conference opener at Illinois State, where he accounted for 232 yards including 12 of 15 passing for 189 yards and three TDs.

Lance is the second NDSU player nominated for the Jerry Rice Award. Linebacker Jabril Cox finished sixth in the 2017 voting.

A national panel of more than 150 sports information directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the award following the regular season. The award is named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver who played four seasons in the FCS at Mississippi Valley State.

2019 STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List

John Bachus III, QB, UT Martin

Omar Brown, CB, Northern Iowa

Tyrese Chambers, WR, Sacred Heart

Ian Corwin, QB, Drake

Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross

Nick Eaton, DE, UC Davis

Metrius Fleming, WR/RS, Tennessee Tech

Tra Fluellen, S, Houston Baptist

Ailym Ford, RB, Chattanooga

Xavier Gipson, WR/KR, Stephen F. Austin

Devron Harper, WR/RS, Gardner-Webb

Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas

Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, WR, Alabama A&M

Hendrix Johnson, WR, Northern Arizona

Kevin Johnson, RB/KR, Norfolk State

Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Jalen Leary, RB, Stetson

Will McElvain, QB, Northern Iowa

Keegan Shoemaker, QB, Lafayette

Jake Stebbins, LB, Cornell

Jeff Undercuffler, QB, Albany

Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond

Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois

Hajj-Malik Williams, QB, Campbell

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