4. While NDSU’s system makes quarterback easier to attain, Easton Stick’s career, as good as he was, proves that Trey Lance and Carson Wentz are special.
The numbers don’t lie, but can they be misleading? Everyone looks good in the NDSU offense, even Easton Stick. He finished with a career record of 49-3 as a starter.
When Lance enters the draft process, teams are going to want to see whether or not he has the arm talent to compete every Sunday. They will see that and more. What separates guys like Lance and Wentz from Stick is their arm strength, accuracy, pocket presence, and intangibles. One thing that really sticks out is how these three quarterbacks played in their worst moments.
In the second round of playoffs of the 2018 season, Stick completed just 58.3 percent of his passes and threw an interception. He put up just 89 total yards that day but was carried by the NDSU rushing attack that combined for 411 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 carries. In the National Championship that year, Stick had a great day, but he threw two interceptions.
That same season, there was an earlier game where Stick completed just nine of his 20 pass attempts (45 percent). He also threw an interception. It’s also worth mentioning that, in Stick’s 2017 season, there was a game where he completed just two of eight passes and had to resort to his legs to get the job done. In another outing, he completed just eight of 23 passes and threw two interceptions.
While the case can be made that NDSU is simply a powerhouse and most quarterbacks will put up numbers in their system, Stick’s worst games were hard to ignore and showed why his arm strength, accuracy, and pocket presence are not comparable to that of Lance or Wentz.