In the second straight season of many NFL teams having a revolving door at quarterback, Easton Stick is one of the latest unproven backups to be thrust into a starting gig.
The Los Angeles Chargers QB replaces Justin Herbert, who was lost for the year with a finger injury, and comes off a winning tradition at North Dakota State.
“I understand North Dakota State isn’t in the National Football League, but I’m used to winning,” said Stick, who went 49-3 in college and won four FCS titles. He is the record holder for most wins by a starting quarterback in NCAA DI FCS history.
However, the 2019 fifth-round draft pick has seen very limited action in his professional career — appearing in just two games.
Stick isn’t the only NFL QB to make the league out of NDSU; Carson Wentz and Trey Lance are the others. All three of them won national championships, but no Super Bowls. Wentz had some success in Philly before he got injured and was replaced by Nick Foles, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. Lance was the no. 3 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, but is already on his second team.
But we also recently saw how Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy and the undrafted Tommy DeVito find success with their teams, and maybe Stick leads the Bolts to some W’s. But since Stick’s arrival in LA, the Chargers are 36-43.
NDSU actually produced several other contributors; from August 2023, 10 players on 53-man active NFL rosters comes from NDSU. While that might be a tenth of Alabama’s players in the NFL, the next closest FCS team has just four.