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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 1 Recap



Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 11 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

QB Philip Rivers (Starter) was 34 of 51 for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Chargers 28-38 loss to the Chiefs. His QB Rating was 103.7 in Week 1.

Had San Diego’s receivers actually been able to resist the urge to drop his passes, Rivers would have thrown for over 600+ yards and 6 touchdowns. Over 5 of the dropped passes would have gone for 30+ yards, and 3 of them would have been touchdowns.

RB Nyheim Hines had the most surprising performance of any Pack Pro in Week 1. Hines was 3rd on the depth chart heading into the game, and he ended up playing 37 snaps, and was targeted in 14 of them. He had 5 carries for 19 yards and 7 receptions (9 targets) for 33 yards in the Colts 23-24 loss to the Bengals. Maybe changing his number from #42 to #21 heading into the opener boosted his confidence.

QB Russell Wilson (Starter) was 19 of 33 for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns (2 interceptions) in the Seahawks 24-27 loss to the Broncos. His QB Rating was 92.7 in Week 1.

Rookie LB Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Broncos 27-24 victory over the Seahawks. Chubb’s half-sack was against former Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson. He played 54 of the 57 defensive snaps, which was more than any other member of the Broncos front seven.

Rookie DE BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles, including this tackle for loss, in the Giants 15-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Rookie DT Justin Jones had an impressive debut for the Chargers, picking up 3 tackles off the bench.

This comes after not playing a single snap in the preseason due to injury.

LG Joe Thuney (Starter) has started every single game for the Patriots since he was drafted by them, and he did so once again on Sunday when New England defeated Houston 27-20.

RG JR Sweezy (Starter) was 2nd on the depth chart, but DJ Fluker was hurt last week, and the former NC State defensive tackle started for the Seahawks in their 24-27 loss to the Broncos.

PK Stephen Hauschka connected on a 35-yard field goal, but missed a 52-yarder in the Bills 3-47 loss to the Ravens.

C Ted Larsen played as a reserve in the Dolphins 27-20 victory over the Titans.

CB Juston Burris played as a reserve in the Jets 48-17 victory over the Lions, but didn’t record any stats.

CB Dontae Johnson was supposed to start for the Seahawks on Sunday, but he was put on the Injured Reserve list after injuring his groin in practice last week.

Pack Pro’s who were Inactive in Week 1

Seahawks CB Dontae Johnson (injury)
Packers S Josh Jones (injury)
49ers DE Kentavius Street (injury)
Chargers DT TY McGill
Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels
Colts QB Jacoby Brissett
Cardinals QB Mike Glennon
Jaguars RT Will Richardson

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Joe Thuney Wins 2nd Super Bowl Ring!



The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII last night, giving former NC State All-American Offensive Lineman Joe Thuney his second Super Bowl ring.

Thuney made NFL history last night, becoming the first player to start in 3 Super Bowls in their first 3 seasons.

He has been a rock of consistency at offensive guard for the Pats ever since they drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft, starting every single game since day one…51 straight games.

Thuney joins Mike Cofer and Perry Williams as the only players in NC State history to win 2 Super Bowls.

Joe Thuney – LI & LIII – Offensive Guard – New England Patriots
Mike Cofer – XXIII & XXIV – Kicker – San Francisco 49ers
Perry Williams – XXI & XXV – Cornerback – New York Giants

His 3 Super Bowl appearances are the 2nd most in NC State history.

Jim Ritcher – 4
Joe Thuney – 3
Mike Cofer – 2
Perry Williams – 2
Mike Jones – 2
Torry Holt – 2
Russell Wilson – 2
J.R. Sweezy – 2
Steven Hauschka – 2
(Bill Cowher – 2 – as a head coach)

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Former NC State ROY Dennis Smith Jr has been Traded to the New York Knicks



Dennis Smith Jr., former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year, has officially been traded to the New York Knicks.

It’s fitting that Smith landed in New York, considering he just dropped his 2nd career triple-double in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

After it was all said and done, the Knicks will have roughly $71 million in salary cap space heading into the summer, which could pay two max salary players to package with Dennis.

Top targets: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.

The buzz around Durant has been that New York might be his most likely destination.

Through 101 games over the past two seasons with the Mavericks, Smith finished his time there averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 assists.

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Former NC State WR Alvis Whitted Named Wide Receivers Coach for Green Bay Packers



Former NC State Wide Receiver Alvis Whitted has been named the Wide Receivers Coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Whitted has spent the past 9 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach at Colorado State, developing 3 All-Americans in that span (Michael Gallup, Rashard Higgins, and Preston Williams).

Prior to becoming a coach, Whitted spent 9 years as a wide receiver himself in the NFL, spending 4 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (who drafted him in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft, with the 192nd overall pick), and 5 with the Oakland Raiders.

He finished his NFL career with 74 receptions for 1,030 yards and 6 touchdowns.

At NC State, Whitted compiled 29 receptions for 461 yards.

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Nate McMillan is the 26th Coach in NBA History to Win 600 Games



Former NC State Guard Nate McMillan became the 26th coach in NBA history to win 600 regular season games this week.

McMillan played 2 years at NC State, and was a captain for the 1985-86 squad. Despite only 2 years worth of stats, McMillan ranks 9th all-time in assists, and ranks 5th in assist-to-turnover ratio.

In 1986, McMillan was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 30th pick in the 2nd round.

McMillan played 12 seasons in the NBA, all for Seattle. He ranks 2nd all-time in assists in SuperSonics history. Seattle retired his #10 jersey on March 24th, 1999.

He has spent the past 2o years coaching, with 15 of those being as a head coach.

McMillan is in his 3rd year as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers.

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