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After the first two games of the 2015 season, the Washington Redskins had decided they were done. They had drafted former NC State cornerback David Amerson with the 51st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and after a promising rookie season, his sophomore campaign was one of the worst one’s recorded by a corner in the NFL in 2014. After being waived on September 21st of last season, the Oakland Raiders were quick to pick him up, and they were rewarded for their quick reflexes.

Amerson didn’t miss a game after being waived, and eventually started in 12 of the 14 games that he played for the Raiders last season. What did Amerson manage to do in those 12 starts last season for the Silver & Black? He managed to show that he was worth being drafted with the 51st pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Amerson set the franchise record for pass deflections in a season with 26, and picked off 4 passes which was good for second on the team.

I had a lot of growing up to do,” Amerson told Raiders.com. “When I was in Washington – I came into the league, I was 21. I was still a kid. I really didn’t understand how to be a professional yet, and there was a lot of things I had to learn, and I was going through that growing process.

“With something happening like me getting released, I was almost forced to [grow up]. It was almost do-or-die. It’s all-or-nothing. I have to make it my time now and shine, or I can possibly be out of the league. My back was against the wall and it was almost like I had to perform.” (CBS)

Amerson grew up, and he grew up fast in Oakland, and this summer he was rewarded for his maturation. On July 15th, the Raiders signed a 4-year $38 million contract extension with Amerson, with $18 million of it guaranteed.

At NC State Amerson earned 1st team All-American honors as a Sophomore, after recording a school and ACC record, 13 interceptions. He obviously earned 1st Team All-ACC honors that year, and 2nd team honors the next year. Amerson holds the NC State record for interceptions in a season (13) and in a career (18).

 

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State NBA 2024 Summer League Update: 7/18/24

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Last night, 3 former NC State players were in action in the 2024 Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

Jarkel Joiner was tied for the most points scored in the Hawks 87-86 loss to the Lakers, with 17 points in 24 minutes. Joiner was 6 of 12 from the field, and 4 of 7 from three. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Mohamed Diarra shined in his first action in the Las Vegas Summer League, with 8 points in 11 minutes of play for the Lakers. He was 3 of 5 from the field, and 1 of 2 from three. Diarra also had 3 rebounds.

DJ Burns had 4 points in 8 minutes of play in the Cavs 96-85 loss to the Warriors. He was 2 of 3 from the field.

This evening, Diarra and the Lakers will play Burns and the Cavs at 9pm on ESPN.

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NC State NBA 2024 Summer League Midweek Update

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Here’s a rundown of how the 6 former NC State Basketball players that are playing in the 2024 NBA Summer League have played over the past two days.

On Monday, Terquavion Smith had 7 points in 8 minutes of play, shooting 3 of 6 from the field, and 1 of 3 from three in Portland’s 97-95 win over the 76ers. Last night, Smith didn’t play in the Trail Blazers’ 82-80 win over the Wizards.

On Monday, Mohamed Diarra didn’t play in the Lakers’ 88-74 loss to the Celtics. Diarra has yet to see the court in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Last night, Dereon Seabron had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes of play in the Bulls’ 85-77 loss to the Pistons. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

DJ Horne only played 6 minutes last night in the Spurs’ 90-85 win over the Pelicans, failing to score any points. He was 0-2 from the field.

Tonight, Diarra and the Lakers will play Jarkel Joiner and the Hawks at 9:30pm on ESPN.

DJ Burns and the Cavs will play Golden State at 10pm on ESPN+.

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NBA 2024 Summer League Weekend 1: NC State Update

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NC State has 6 former players playing in the 2024 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas currently.

You can check out the recap from Day 1 (Friday) here.

Forward DJ Burns had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in Cleveland’s 112-81 win over the Bucks last night in 15 minutes of play. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

Guard Jarkel Joiner had 6 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in Atlanta’s 79-76 loss to San Antonio in 14 minutes of play last night. He was 3 of 5 from the field.

Guard DJ Horne didn’t play on Saturday, but he had 7 points and 2 rebounds in the Spurs’ 79-76 win over the Hawks in 11 minutes of play last night. He was 2 of 7 from the field, and 1 of 4 from three.

On Saturday, Guard Terquavion Smith had 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assists in 8 minutes of play in Portland’s 83-77 loss to San Antonio. He was 1 of 5 from the field, and 1 of 3 from three.

Guard Dereon Seabron didn’t play for the Bulls in either of their games on Saturday or Sunday.

Today’s Schedule

Terquavion Smith and the Blazers will play the 76ers at 8:30pm on ESPN+.

Mohamed Diarra and the Lakers will play the Celtics at 10:30pm on ESPN+.

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Cleveland Drafts NC State’s Jacob Cozart in the 2nd Round of the 2024 MLB Draft

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The Cleveland Guardians drafted NC State Junior Catcher Jacob Cozart in the 2nd Round of the 2024 MLB Draft, with the 48th overall pick.

Cozart earned All-American honors from D1Baseball, Baseball America and Perfect Game this year, as well as 1st Team All-ACC honors. He was 1 of 3 Finalists for the Buster Posey Award.

This season, Cozart hit .305 with 19 Home Runs. His OBP was .437, and his OPS was 1.038.

The last Wolfpack Catcher to be drafted this high was Patrick Bailey, who was taken in the 1st Round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2020 Draft, with the 13th overall pick.

Only 22 NC State players have been drafted in the 1st two rounds. Cozart is tied for the 17th highest drafted player in Wolfpack history.

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