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Carson Wentz
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Wentz prior to game in 2017.
No. 11 – Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback
Date of birth: December 30 1992 (1992-12-30) (age 26)
Place of birth: Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in Weight: 237 lbs
National Football League Debut
Debut: 2016 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career information
High school: Century High School
(Bismark, North Dakota)
College: North Dakota State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Rnd: 1 / Pck: 2nd
Teams
* = offseason / practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (LII)
  • Pro Bowl (2017)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2017)
  • Bert Bell Award (2017)
  • 5× FCS champion (2011–2015)

Carson Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. Wentz played college football for the North Dakota State Bison before being drafted second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Eagles, the highest selection ever for an Football Champinonship Subdivision (FCS) player.

During his time at NDSU, the team won five NCAA FCS national championships. In his first year with the Eagles, Wentz accumulated multiple NFL and Eagles rookie records, which included the most pass attempts by a rookie quarterback and most pass completions by a rookie. In the 2017 season, Wentz was crucial to the strong and powerful start which had the Eagles at an 11-2 record at the time he went down. He was 2nd in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33, as well as a media and fan favorite to win MVP but missed the last three games of the season due to a season-ending ACL injury in his left knee.[1] Led by Nick Foles, the Eagles would go on to win Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots, the first in franchise history, earning Wentz a championship ring.

Early yearsEdit

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wentz moved to North Dakota with his family at the age of three.[2] He played quarterback and defensive back for the football team at Century High School in Bismarck, and also played basketball and baseball for the Patriots.[3] As a freshman, he was 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) in height, grew to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) as a senior,[4] and graduated in 2011 as valedictorian of his class.[5]

College careerEdit

2011 seasonEdit

Wentz attended North Dakota State, redshirting his first season with the Bison as they won their first FCS title under ninth-year head coach Craig Bohl.[6]

2012 seasonEdit

As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Wentz was the backup quarterback to Brock Jensen, and played in his first collegiate game on September 22. He completed all eight of his passes for 93 yards and threw his first touchdown in relief of Jensen in a 66–7 blowout victory over the Prairie View A&M Panthers.[7] Wentz finished the season completing 12-of-16 pass attempts for 144 passing yards and two touchdowns.[8]

2013 seasonEdit

Wentz was again the second-string quarterback in 2013 and appeared in 11 games. He had his best game that season on October 13, against Delaware State, completing 10-of-13 attempted passes for 105 passing yards and a touchdown.[9] Wentz ended his redshirt sophomore season completing 22-of-30 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.[10]

2014 seasonEdit

Wentz became the Bison starting quarterback during his junior year in 2014. In his first start in the opener at Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference, he completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 204 yards in a 34–14 victory on August 30.[11][12][13] During the game at Western Illinois on October 10, Wentz caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from running back John Crockett and helped lead the Bison to a 17–10 comeback victory.[14] Statistically, his best game that season was at Missouri State, where he threw for 247 yards and five touchdowns.[15]

Wentz led NDSU to a 15–1 record. On January 10, 2015, he started in his first national championship game against Illinois State and passed for 287 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 87 yards and scored a touchdown on a five-yard run to give North Dakota State the lead with 37 seconds left. NDSU won their fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship game, 29–27.[16][17]

Wentz started all 16 games in 2014, completing 228 of 358 passes for 3,111 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was also the team's second leading rusher, with 642 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.[18]

2015 seasonEdit

As a fifth-year senior in 2015, Wentz had one of the best games of his career on October 10 against Northern Iowa, when he passed for a career-high 335 yards.[19] The following week against South Dakota, Wentz suffered a broken wrist in the first half but managed to complete the game with 16-of-28 completions, 195 passing yards, and two touchdown passes as the Bison lost 24–21.[20] After starting the first six games of the season and completing 63.7 percent of his passes for a total of 1,454 yards and 16 touchdowns, he missed the next eight weeks of the season.[21] He returned to practice in the beginning of December and was cleared to play in the national championship. On January 9, 2016, Wentz led the Bison to its fifth straight FCS title, running for two touchdowns and throwing for a third.[22] He was named the NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year.[23]

Wentz graduated from NDSU with a degree in health and physical education, finishing with a 4.0 GPA and twice earning recognition as Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America, first for Division I football[24] and later for all Division I sports.[25]

StatisticsEdit

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2012 North Dakota State 12 16 75.0% 144 9.0 2 0 191.9 5 22 4.4 1
2013 North Dakota State 22 30 73.3% 209 7.0 1 0 142.9 10 70 7.0 0
2014 North Dakota State 228 358 63.7% 3,111 8.7 25 10 154.1 138 642 4.7 6
2015 North Dakota State 130 208 62.5% 1,651 7.9 17 4 152.3 63 294 4.7 6
Career 392 612 64.1% 5,115 8.4 45 14 153.9 216 1,028 4.8 13

Source: Carson Wentz. sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.

Professional careerEdit

All values from NFL Combine[27][28]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt<th>Arm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 5¼ in 237 lb<td align="center">33¼ in<td align="center">10 in 4.77 s 1.65 s 2.75 s 4.15 s 6.86 s 30.5 in 9 ft 10 in <td align="center">40[26]
In February 2016, most analysts had Wentz projected to be selected in the mid-first round of the draft.[29][30][31] However, Wentz began to be regarded as a Top 10 prospect after his pro day. On January 30, 2016, he played in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl and finished the game completing 6 of 10 pass attempts for 50 yards.[32] At the NFL Scouting Combine, Wentz showcased his athleticism as he was in the top three in the 40-yard dash, the broad jump, and the three-cone drill among all quarterbacks. Wentz also reportedly scored a 40/50 on his Wonderlic test.[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2017 NFL Player Passing Statistics. Retrieved on November 20, 2017.
  2. Carson Wentz has NFL teams on the hunt in draft. USA Today (April 13, 2016). Retrieved on June 7, 2016.
  3. McFeely, Mike. "Despite injury, Carson Wentz is 'all football all the time'", Inforum. (en) 
  4. Kolpack. "Bison QB Wentz kept growing in high school", Bismarck Tribune, October 31, 2014. Retrieved on 2016-01-09. 
  5. Rappaport, Max. Here's Why The Eagles Wanted Carson Wentz.
  6. Zangaro, Dave (2016-06-01). Carson Wentz's college teammate C.J. Smith trying to stick with Eagles.
  7. Prairie View A&M vs. North Dakota State - Game Summary - September 22, 2012 - ESPN.
  8. SI.com. Carson Wentz Career Stats.
  9. Delaware State vs. North Dakota State - Box Score - September 21, 2013 - ESPN.
  10. North Dakota State - Cumulative 2013 Season Statistics.
  11. Jeff Kolpack (January 3, 2015). Kolpack: Wentz has found his own success after taking over the starting job from former Bison QB Jensen. INFORUM. Retrieved on 2016-01-09.
  12. New starting quarterback at NDSU comes out strong. USA TODAY (October 1, 2014).
  13. Jeff Kolpack (April 27, 2014). Wentz takes over reins at NDSU. The Dickinson Press. Retrieved on 2016-01-09.
  14. North Dakota State vs. Western Illinois - Game Summary - October 4, 2014 - ESPN.
  15. North Dakota State University Athletics - Football vs Missouri State on 11/15/2014 (in en).
  16. QB Carson Wentz rushes for winner as Bison beat Illinois State. ESPN.com (January 10, 2015). Retrieved on 2016-01-09.
  17. Bison earn fourth straight championship. Post-Crescent Media (January 11, 2015).
  18. North Dakota State - Cumulative Season Statistics.
  19. Northern Iowa vs. North Dakota State - Game Summary - October 10, 2015 - ESPN.
  20. South Dakota vs. North Dakota State - Game Recap - October 17, 2015 - ESPN.
  21. Goodbread, Chase (December 12, 2015). Zierlein: North Dakota State QB Wentz deserves first-round grade. Retrieved on 2016-01-09.
  22. Peterson, Eric (January 9, 2016). Bison earn place in college football history books with fifth straight FCS title. Retrieved on 2016-01-09.
  23. "Carson Wentz". gobison.com. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  24. "Carson Wentz Of North Dakota State University Headlines CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Football Team", College Sports Information Directors of America. Retrieved on September 21, 2016. 
  25. "North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, Selected Second in the NFL Draft, Is Division I Academic All-America® of the Year", College Sports Information Directors of America, July 21, 2016. Retrieved on September 5, 2016. 
  26. McGinn, Bob (April 20, 2016). Rating the NFL draft prospects: Quarterbacks. JSOnline.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved on June 16, 2018.
  27. NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Carson Wentz. NFL.com.
  28. Carson Wentz - North Dakota State, QB : 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile.
  29. Brooks, Bucky (Feb 22, 2016). Mock draft 2.0: Texans pluck QB Wentz. NFL.com.
  30. Jeremiah, Daniel (Feb 16, 2016). Mock draft 2.0: 49ers land Goff. NFL.com.
  31. Davis, Charles (Feb 22, 2016). Mock draft 1.0: 'Boys boost D with Bosa. NFL.com.
  32. NFL.com. What We Learned From the Senior Bowl. Retrieved on January 31, 2016.
  33. Conway, Tyler (March 28, 2016). Carson Wentz, Jared Goff's Reported Scores on Wonderlic Test Revealed. Bleacher Report.

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