Carson Wentz

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Carson Wentz
Wentz facing camera wearing Eagles uniform with #11
Wentz with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
No. 11 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-30) December 30, 1992 (age 25)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Bismarck (ND) Century
College: North Dakota State
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Completions: 644
Attempts: 1,047
Completion percentage: 61.5
TD–INT: 49–21
Passing yards: 7,078
Passer rating: 88.8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Carson James Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and was selected by the Eagles with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the highest selection ever for an 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 years[edit]

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 career[edit]

2011 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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]

Statistics[edit]

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:[26]

Professional career[edit]

Wentz playing against the Washington Redskins in 2016
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 5 14 in
(1.96 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.77 s 1.65 s 2.75 s 4.15 s 6.86 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
40[27]
All values from NFL Combine[28][29]

In February 2016, most analysts had Wentz projected to be selected in the mid-first round of the draft.[30][31][32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

2016 season: Rookie year[edit]

On April 28, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Wentz in the first round with the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[35] He is the first quarterback the Eagles selected in the first round of an NFL Draft since Donovan McNabb in 1999, who was also taken second overall.[36] He is also the first FCS quarterback taken in the first round since Joe Flacco was taken with the 18th overall selection in 2008, and the highest FCS quarterback taken in draft history.[37] The Eagles traded three top 100 picks in 2016, a first round pick in 2017, and a second round pick in 2018 in order to move up in the draft order and get him.[38] On May 12, 2016, Wentz signed a four-year deal worth $26.67 million, fully guaranteed, featuring a $17.6 million signing bonus.[39][40] He suffered a rib injury in the team's first preseason game of 2016,[41] but was fully healthy for the beginning of the 2016 regular season.

Originally intending to have Wentz sit and learn for the 2016 season, those plans changed when on September 3, 2016, the Eagles traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.[42] The same day, it was also reported that the team planned to start Wentz for the 2016 season when he became healthy.[43] On September 5, Wentz was officially named the starter for the Eagles' 2016 season opener against the Cleveland Browns.[44] He made his first regular season start on September 11 against the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 278 passing yards and 2 touchdowns in the 29–10 victory.[45] He was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1.[46] Wentz threw for 190 yards and a touchdown in a 29–14 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 2.[47] He became the first rookie quarterback since 1970 to win his first two games of the season and not throw an interception.[48] In Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wentz finished with 301 passing yards and 2 touchdowns as the Eagles won 34–3.[49] He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Steelers.[50] In Week 9, against the New York Giants, he was 27-of-47 for a season-high 364 yards and two interceptions in the 28–23 loss.[51] In his rookie season, Wentz started all 16 games for the Eagles as they finished the season with a 7–9 record.[52] Wentz threw for a league-record 379 completions by a rookie, breaking the record of 354 held by former teammate Sam Bradford, who was with the St. Louis Rams at the time.[53] His 379 completions also set a single season franchise record, breaking the record of 346 also held by Bradford from the previous season. Wentz also set a single season franchise record with 607 pass attempts, the second highest attempts by a rookie in league history (Andrew Luck had 627 in the 2012 season).[54]

2017 season[edit]

Wentz passing against the Redskins in Week 1, 2017

In Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, Wentz finished with 307 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception from a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage as the Eagles won by a score of 30–17.[55] In Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Wentz threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. In addition, he rushed for 55 yards in the 27–20 loss.[56] In a Week 5 34–7 rout over the Arizona Cardinals, Wentz finished the game with 304 yards and a career-high four passing touchdowns.[57] In the first five games of 2017, he passed for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns with three interceptions.[58][59] After this start, NFL insiders and reports ranked Wentz as a possible NFL MVP.[60] Wentz was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7 after passing for 268 yards and a career-high tying four touchdowns in a 34–24 win over the Redskins on Monday Night Football.[61] During Week 9 against the Denver Broncos, Wentz finished with 199 passing yards and 4 touchdowns as the Eagles won 51–23.[62] During Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz left the game due to an apparent knee injury. He finished with 291 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception as the Eagles won 43–35.[63] The next day, an MRI revealed that his left knee had a torn ACL, keeping him out for the remainder of the season.[64][65] In 13 starts, Wentz finished the year with 3,296 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, a 60.2 completion percentage, and a 101.9 quarterback rating. On December 13, Wentz underwent successful surgery on his ACL.[66] Wentz was selected to his first Pro Bowl on December 19, but could not participate due to the aftermath of his recent knee surgery.[67][68] Led by Nick Foles, the Eagles would go on to defeat the New England Patriots 41–33 in Super Bowl LII, the first Super Bowl win in franchise history.[69]

2018 season[edit]

On June 25, 2018, prior to the start of the new season, Wentz was ranked 3rd overall in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018. It is the highest Top 100 debut ranking in the history of the league.[70]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles Record
G GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sck Yds Fum Lost W–L
2016 PHI 16 16 379 607 62.4 3,782 6.2 16 14 79.3 46 150 3.3 2 33 213 14 3 7–9
2017 PHI 13 13 265 440 60.2 3,296 7.5 33 7 101.9 64 299 4.7 0 28 162 9 3 11–2
Career 29 29 644 1,047 61.5 7,078 6.8 49 21 88.8 110 449 4.1 2 61 375 23 6 18–11

NFL records[edit]

  • Most pass completions by a rookie (379)
  • Most pass completions through the first 24 games of his career (540)[71]

Eagles franchise records[edit]

  • Most passing touchdowns in a season (33, 2017)[72]
  • Most pass completions in a season (379, 2016)[73]
  • Most pass attempts in a season (607, 2016)[74]
  • Most touchdown passes in the 1st quarter (3, 2017)[75]
  • Most touchdown passes in a calendar month (14, October 2017)[76]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wentz is an avid hunter during the offseason, and frequently visits his home state of North Dakota. He is particularly noted for his friendship with Major League Baseball player Mike Trout, and gave him a ball as a gift after a touchdown in a win against the Dallas Cowboys on January 1, 2017.[77]

Wentz lives in Mullica Hill in southern New Jersey.[78]

Wentz is a Christian.[79] In 2017, Wentz launched the AO1 Foundation; its mission is to "demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need."[80][81] Wentz started a project in 2018 in conjunction with Mission of Hope Haiti to build a sports complex in the country.[82] Wentz held the first annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game at Citizens Bank Park on June 1, 2018. All proceeds went to the Haiti sports complex. It was announced that the game brought in over $850,000 when 25,000+ fans attended the event.[83]

On February 6, 2018, two days after the Eagles' victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Wentz announced that he and his girlfriend, Madison Oberg, became engaged.[84] On July 16, 2018, Wentz and Madison Oberg were married in Bucks County.[85]

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