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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 4 Recap

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Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Running Back Nyheim Hines (Starter) had a HUGE game for the Colts on Sunday in his first career start. He had 9 receptions for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns in Indianapolis’ 34-37 loss to the Texans. He also had 4 carries for 10 yards.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) was 25 of 39 for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Chargers 29-27 victory over the 49ers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was 19 of 26 (73.1%) for 172 yards in the Seahawks 20-17 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday. He also rushed the ball 4 times for 21 yards.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start streak continued (42 straight starts) on Sunday in the Patriots 38-7 victory over the Dolphins.

Defensive End BJ Hill is listed as a starter on the Giants Depth Chart, but for the second straight week it appears he came off the bench. Also, for the second straight week, Hill picked up a SACK.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 2 tackles and 2 QB Hits in the Broncos 23-27 loss to the Chiefs last night. Also, he did this dance after the Chiefs were called for a false start. Chubb doing Chubb.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones picked up 2 tackles as a reserve in the Chargers 29-27 victory over the 49ers.

Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started his third straight game for the Dolphins in their 7-38 loss to the Patriots. Larsen has started in 76 of his 114 games since joining the NFL in 2010.

Offensive Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started his 4th straight game since returning to the Seahawks, helping Seattle beat Arizona 20-17 on Sunday. Sweezy has started in 67 of the 77 regular season games he’s played in since he entered the NFL in 2012.

Safety Josh Jones missed the first 3 games of the season due to an ankle injury, but picked up 1 tackle in a reserve role in the Packers 22-0 victory over the Bills.

After not playing in the first two weeks, Running Back Jaylen Samuels played as a reserve for the second straight week in the Steelers 14-26 loss to the Ravens.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) was active yesterday, but didn’t have any opportunities to kick a field goal or an extra point.

Inactive
Jaguar Offensive Tackle Will Richardson
Jets Cornerback Juston Burris
Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Seahawks Cornerback Dontae Johnson (IR)
Chargers Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill
Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street (IR)

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Joe Thuney Wins 2nd Super Bowl Ring!

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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

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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

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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

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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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