FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State Head Football Coach Matt Entz named redshirt freshman Trey Lance as the team’s starting quarterback Monday.
Entz said the decision came down the three factors, leadership among the offense, efficiency in running the offense, and a third more personal aspect that Entz brought to the table with his background as a defensive coordinator.
"Going back and putting on my [defensive] coordinator hat who would cause me the most problems as a quarterback if I were to prepare to have to defend the Bison." Entz said. "At the end of the day I thought Trey had an outstanding Fall Camp up to this point, has continued to improve every day."
Lance was battling junior transfer Zeb Noland and sophomore Noah Sanders for the spot.
"My challenge to the room was to continue to develop one another, iron sharpens iron, I sat down with Noah and Zeb and asked those guys to continue to push forward [and] make Trey be the very best quarterback that he can be," Entz said.
The 6-3, 221 pound Marshall, Minnesota native dressed for all 15 games in 2018 appearing in two games.
He completed his only passing attempt of the season against North Alabama and scored two rushing touchdowns, a 44-yard run against UNA and a 23-yard run at South Dakota.
The Bison open the season Saturday, August 31, against Butler at Target Field in Minneapolis.
You can watch coverage of the Bison all season long on the KVLY KFYR Bison Football Network.
More details to come.