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12/26 NC State NBA Rundown

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Last night 3 former NC State players were in action in the NBA. Here is a rundown.

The Dallas Mavericks (10-25) pulled off a major upset last night, beating the Raptors (23-9) 98-93. Former NC State Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. DSJ continued to struggle from the field, only connecting on 3 of his 14 shot attempts. Thus far, Smith Jr is averaging 14 points (39 FG%), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his rookie season, starting 27 of the 27 games he has played in.

Despite the poor shooting performance, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was pumped.

“Smith was in a constant attacking mode,” Carlisle said. “He pushed himself to a level tonight that gave our team goose bumps to watch. And it’s hard. It’s so much work and requires so much energy and will. But tonight convinced me that this kid is going to be a great player. (link)

TJ Warren and the Suns took down the Grizzlies 99-97, compliments of an alley-oop dunk by Tyson Chandler with 0.4 seconds left. Warren was efficient, scoring 17 points (7-14 FG). He started in all 36 of the games that he has played in, averaging 19 points (49.4 FG%) and 5.6 rebounds.

CJ Williams started for the Clippers once again last night, and has started 6 of the 21 games that he has played for Los Angeles. He played 22 minutes in the Clips 122-95 victory over the Kings last night, scoring 4 points (2-4 FG), and he also picked up 2 assists and 2 blocks. Williams is averaging 5 points per game.


Unless the Clippers figure out a way to give Williams a new contract, CJ’s time in the NBA this year is coming to a close. He signed a two-way contract with the Clips prior to the season, which only allows a player to play for their NBA team for 45 total days, and play the rest of the year for the G-League affiliate. Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers addresses this at the end of the presser below. He says that Williams has played “great” but the options of keeping him up aren’t “great” either.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 6 Recap

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Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 14 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Rookie Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had his best game of his young career on Sunday, recording 3 sacks in the Broncos’ 20-23 loss to the Rams. He had a total of 5 tackles, which is also a new high for Chubb. The three sacks tied a Broncos’ rookie single-game record. Chubb played 72% of the Broncos defensive snaps.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was extremely sharp on Sunday, completing 17 of his 23 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Seahawks 27-3 blowout against the Raiders. His QB Rating was 125.4.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) was 11 of 20 for 207 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Chargers 38-14 victory over the Browns. His QB Rating was 103.5 on the day.

Check out Rivers laying the block on this end around for Keenan Allen.

Place Kicker Stephen Haushcka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (26 and 52) and his one extra point attempt in the Bills 13-20 loss to the Texans.

Rookie (technically) David Grinnage was called up from the practice squad last week, and he had 1 reception for 7 yards in his first career NFL game this past Sunday in the Jaguars 7-40 loss to the Cowboys. He played 9 offensive snaps.

Marlon Mack returned to the Colts lineup, so Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines returned to a reserve role in Indianaoplis’ 34-42 loss to the Colts. He had 3 carries for 14 yards and 2 receptions (3 targets) for 21 yards.

Rookie Defensive Tackle BJ Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants 13-34 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night football. Hill played 32 snaps on defense (45%).

Left Guard Joe Thuney (Starter) played every offensive snap in the Patriots 43-40 victory over the Chiefs.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) played every offensive snap in the Seahawks 27-3 victory over the Raiders.

Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started and played every offensive snap in the Dolphins 31-28 victory over the Bears.

Rookie Defensive Tackle Justin Jones played 21 snaps (28%) in the Chargers 38-14 victory over the Browns, but didn’t record any stats.

Cornerback Juston Burris played strictly on special teams once again for the Jets (5 snaps) in their 42-34 victory over the Colts.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels played strictly on special teams in the Steelers 28-21 victory over the Bengals.

Safety Josh Jones played in a reserve role for the Packers last night in their 33-30 victory over the 49ers, but didn’t record any stats.

Did Not Play
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Lineman Will Richardson

Injured Reserve
San Franscisco 49er Defensive End Kentavius Street

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WATCH: Bradley Chubb Sets Bronco’s Rookie Record with 3 Sacks Against Rams

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Former NC State Defensive End Bradley Chubb, the #5 pick in this years NFL Draft, tied the Bronco’s Rookie single-game sack record, taking down Ram’s QB Jared Goff three times!

What made Chubb’s performance even more impressive was the fact that he was going against Ram’s All-Pro Andrew Whitworth, who is considered by many to be the best Left Tackle in the NFL.

After a great start to the season, Chubb struggled the previous 3 games. Chubb reminded everyone why he was the #5 overall draft pick this afternoon.

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49ers Sign Matt Dayes to Practice Squad

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Former NC State running back Matt Dayes has been signed by the San Francisco 49ers to their Practice Squad.

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have released DB Dexter McCoil and WR Frank Stephens from the team’s practice squad and signed RB Matthew Dayes, OL Najee Toran and DB Tyvis Powell to the practice squad.

Dayes (5-9, 205) was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round (252nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season with Cleveland, he appeared in 16 games and registered five carries for 13 yards along with four receptions for 29 yards. He also added 18 kickoff returns for 437 yards (24.3 average) and eight tackles on special teams. Dayes was waived by the team on September 2, 2018

A 24-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dayes attended North Carolina State University where finished his career ranked fourth all-time in school history with 2,856 career rushing yards and third all-time with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior in 2016, he played in all 13 games and finished third in the ACC with 1,166 rushing yards on 249 carries along with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Since being released by the Browns, Dayes worked out for the Lions, and most recently the Jaguars and the 49ers, ultimately finding a home on the west coast.

Each NFL team is only allowed to keep 10 players on their practice squad, and they each make $7,600 weekly this season.

Dayes is now the only former NC State Football player on an NFL Practice Squad. Safety Jack Tocho was cut from the Vikings practice team in September, and has since tried out for the Texans and Lions, but hasn’t found a new home yet. Tight End David Grinnage was recently called up by the Jaguars from the practice squad to the big league.

He will have a friend in former NC State defensive end Kentavius Street, who is currently on the injured reserve.

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Former Wolfpacker Nate McMillan named assistant coach for Team USA

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Nate McMillan has been out there making NC State proud for years.

McMillan was a part of some pretty great NC State teams. Under the leadership of Jimmy V, Nate helped lead NC State to a first-place ACC regular season tie in 1985, and the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Tournaments.

After being drafted 30th overall by the Sonics in 1986, McMillan logged 19 seasons in Seattle (as a player and a coach), getting the nickname “Mr. Sonic.”

After his career, he coached the Sonics (mostly successfully) from 2000-2005, went to Portland for 7 years before taking his current position as the head coach for the Pacers in 2013.

Last year McMillan took a team that many believed would be in a rebuilding phase, to the playoffs and was rewarded with a multi-year deal.

McMillan served as an assistant for Team USA during Coach K’s run with the national team, and now he’s back under Gregg Popovich.

Here is what he had to say about the announcement.

“I’m honored and thrilled to be with USA Basketball and the National Team again,” said McMillan. “My previous experience I figured to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and now I’ve been blessed again. I look forward to working with Coach Popovich and a great group of players.” (NBA.com/Pacers)

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