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WATCH: Lorenzo Brown & CJ Leslie Teamed Up in Pro-Am in Atlanta



Former NC State teammates Lorenzo Brown and CJ Leslie teamed up this week in the Walter Prather Jr Pro-Am down in Atlanta.

Brown and Leslie ran together with the Wolfpack from 2010-13.

This past year, Zo won the G-League MVP award, averaging 18.9 points (led the team), 8.9 assists (led the team) and 5.2 rebounds per game. On defense, he led the team with 1.8 steals per game. After serving as a 2-way player for the Raptors this season, they signed up for their 2018 playoff run. This was Brown’s 5th season in the G-League, and has played in 77 games over 4 seasons in the NBA.

Leslie has played 4 seasons in the G-League, but has yet to make it up to an NBA roster. He has also played overseas 3 seasons (some overlapping in the same year with G-League play), most recently with Antalya BSB in Turkey in 2017-18. In 33 games with Antalya last year, he averaged 18.6 points and 8.7 rebounds.

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Russell Wilson Leads 21st Game-Winning Drive, Seahawks Beat Packers 27-24



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson recorded yet another game-winning drive last night, leading the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the Packers.

With a little over 8 minutes left in the game, Seattle received the kickoff after Green Bay kicked a 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 24-20.

Wilson proceeded to lead the Seahawks on a 7 play/75-yard drive (3:15), ending in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ed Dickson with 5:11 left on the clock. He was 4 of 5 for 73 yards and a touchdown on the drive.

On the night, Russell was 21 of 31 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions), with a 110.3 QB Rating.

Since 2012, Wilson has orchestrated 21 game-winning drives in either the 4th quarter or Overtime, which is second only to Matthew Stafford (26). (Tweet)

The Seahawks always feel like they have a chance with the ball in Wilson’s hands at the end of the game. Since the beginning of last season, he’s the best in the business in the 4th.

Here’s a look at Wilson’s 2 touchdowns.

The Seahawks victory kept their playoff hopes alive. They (5-5) currently are right behind the Vikings (5-3-1) for the final Wild Card spot.

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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 10 Recap



Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was dangerous with his arm and his legs in the Seahawks 36-31 loss to the Rams. Wilson completed 17 of his 26 passes for 176 yards (123.2 QB Rating) and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). He also rushed for 92 yards, a season-high.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) led the Chargers to their 6th straight win, defeating the Raiders 20-6 on Sunday. Rivers was 18 of 26 for 223 yards (105.1 QB Rating) and 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

QB Philip Rivers (9 consecutive games) joins Aaron Rodgers (13 games in 2011) and Tom Brady (10 in 2007) as the only QBs in NFL history with 2+ TD passes & a 95+ rating in each of his team’s 1st 9 games to begin a season. (NFL)

Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 5 carries for 7 yards and 3 receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 52-21 victory over the Panthers . The touchdown was the first of his career. Samuels played 31% of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 2 tackles and his first career sack (0.5) of his career in the Chargers 20-6 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. Jones played in 11 snaps (17% of the defensive snaps).

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles in the Giants 27-23 victory over the 49ers on Monday Night Football last night.

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill played in his first game with the Eagles on Sunday, and his first game since Week 13 last year with the Cleveland Browns. McGill played 15 snaps (22% of the defensive snaps), and had 1 QB Hurry in the Eagles 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (54 & 31) and all 5 of his PAT attempts in the Bills 41-7 victory over the Jets.

Left Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start string continues, starting in his 48th straight game in the Patriots 34-10 loss to the Titans Sunday. He played 100% of the Patriots’ offensive snaps.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started for the Seahawks in their 36-31 loss to the Rams. He has started all 9 games for Seattle this year, and played 100% of the offensive snaps on Sunday.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 3 carries for 3 yards, and 3 receptions for 19 yards in the Colts 29-26 victory over the Jaguars. Hines played in 36% of the Colts offensive snaps (20).

Running Back Matt Dayes was activated from the Practice Squad by the 49ers yesterday, and played 12 special teams snaps and 1 snap at running back in San Francisco’s 27-23 loss to the Giants last night.

After starting the past two weeks, Tight End David Grinnage played only 6 offensive snaps in the Jaguars 29-26 loss to the Colts.

Miami Dolphins Left Guard Ted Larsen (neck)

Did Not Play
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

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Cleveland Browns Cornerback Juston Burris

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49ers Activate Matt Dayes Before MNF



After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, former NC State running back Matt Dayes was waived by the Browns after one season on September 1st. After working out for the Jaguars and the Lions, Dayes decided to sign on with the 49ers after working out for them on October 12th, joining their practice squad.

News broke today that the 49er’s have activated Dayes, bringing him up to the 53-man roster for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Giants.

Dayes will be wearing #43 for the Niners.

San Francisco was thin at running back after Raheem Mostert broke his arm. Dayes should serve as the backup to Matt Breida and Alfred Morris.

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TJ Warren Shined in Return to Starting Lineup Against Celtics



Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren returned to the starting lineup on Thursday night, and he quickly reminded the Suns why he belongs in that role.

Warren scored a season-high 29 points, and grabbed 7 rebounds. TJ made 9 of his 17 field goal attempts, and was 3 of 4 from deep.

After starting 124 of the 131 games he’s played in the past 2 seasons, Warren started this season coming off of the bench (has started 3 games). This coming after starting every game he played in last season, averaging 19.6 points per game.

Phoenix Head Coach Igor Kokoskov hasn’t officially given the starting job back to Warren, stating that Warren and Ryan Anderson will rotate as starters depending on the matchup.

Maybe it’s the dreads, but Warren’s accuracy from three to start the season could be what solidifies him as a starter in Phoenix. Through 10 games, he is shooting 50% from three-Point land (15-30).

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