MARSHALL, Minn. (KEYC) — The NFL Draft is finally here, and it’s a big day for one of our area communities with a former star quarterback waiting to hear his name called in the first round.
From dominating on the gridiron as a Marshall Tiger and North Dakota State Bison, the next stop for quarterback Trey Lance is the National Football League.
”Everywhere they’re talking about him going to the 49ers, to the Falcons, to the Panthers, to the Broncos, to the Patriots,” said Terry Bahlmann, who coached Lance in high school. “It’s all a good fit for him. Trey’s going to take his game to the next level. I know he’s only 20, but Trey is going to be ready to play right away. When the opportunity comes, I’m sure he’ll be ready to compete.”
Lance possesses all the intangibles to lead a team in the NFL. All of that became evident in high school when the signal-caller starred in multiple sports for the Tigers, stemming from his approach for life.
”Trey’s off the field stuff has always been his top skills. He’s the first one in the building, last one out. A lot of times after a basketball game he’d get his lifting in. Just shows that if you want to work at it and have the talent, they’ll find you wherever you’re at,” Bahlmann continued. “His knowledge of the game is high. His dad Carlton was a great player in his college years at Southwest Minnesota State. Went on to play in the CFL and had tryouts with the Niners. Carlton came back to be the defensive coordinator at SMSU. Trey grew up with a football background, he knew that.”
Trey Lance was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the third overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
The city of Marshall was left buzzing after the news that Lance had been selected by the 49ers with the third overall pick.
Fans in southern Minnesota had flocked to Fuzzy’s Bar in Lance’s hometown in anticipation of his special moment.
“Number one: he’s a hometown boy for us and for me, going to NDSU, you know, I’ve been an NDSU fan all my life, and it’s just exciting to see him where he’s at,” Marshall resident Mike Berglind said.
“Everybody sees what they want to see, but nobody knows how hard he works behind the scenes and everything he’s done to get to that level and be that person,” Bahlmann stated of his former player. “We talk about when it started, he was going to be a first-round pick, then he went to [being projected to be picked at] 15, they liked him, and then after his pro days he went to five, so for him to be three overall just shows the kind of person and his work habits.”
“He’s going to follow behind Jimmy Garoppolo, he’s got a good teacher. San Francisco is a great organization, and they’ve got a good team and I see Trey being a real winner,” Berglind added.
“When you see it happen, it’s just a surreal feeling that a young man from Marshall High School, 20 years old, that three years ago was in the weight room and lifting weights with us is now the third pick in the NFL Draft. We’re just so excited for Trey and his family,” Bahlmann commented.
“Trey worked really hard to get where he’s at, he’s the perfect example of if you want to get somewhere, work hard and you’re going to get rewarded,” Berglind continued.
“To be honest, our offense is a lot like NDSU, and NDSU is going to be a lot like the 49ers, so it all fits into what everybody does. Of course, our levels are a little bit slower and a little bit smaller, but Trey’s dominated every level he’s been in, and I’m hoping for the same for him,” Bahlmann said.