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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 4 Recap



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.

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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A Look at the 22 NC State Players who have Played in the NBA Playoffs



We are about half way through the first round of the 2019 playoffs, and while no former NC State players are currently in the postseason, 22 former Wolfpackers have played in the playoffs in the past.

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Former NC State Point Guard, and current Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan, played 98 playoff games, marking the most by a former Wolfpack player.

McMillan has the most career assists (505) and steals (131) by a former NC State player, and Thurl Bailey has the most points (929), rebounds (382) and blocks (82).

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Best NBA Playoff Performers & Performances by NC State Players



With the 1st round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs up and running, it’s a good time to take a look at the best NBA Playoff Performers and Performances by former NC State players.

Points per Game in Playoffs

  1. David Thompson – 22.9 (27 games)
  2. Tommy Burleson – 20.7 (15 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 13.5 (69 games)
  4. Kenny Carr – 10.5 (35 games)

Rebounds per Game in Playoffs

  1. Tommy Burleson – 10.2 (15 games)
  2. Kenny Carr – 6.6 (35 games)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 5.5 (69 games)

Assists per Game in the Playoffs

  1. Nate McMillan – 5.5 (98 games)
  2. Spud Webb – 5.1 (39 games)

Points Scored in a Single Playoff Game

  1. David Thompson – 42
  2. DavidThompson – 40 (2x)
  3. Thurl Bailey – 39
  4. David Thompson 37
  5. Tommy Burleson – 33
  6. 31 Points – David Thompson & Thurl Bailey
  7. Thurl Bailey – 30
  8. 29 points – Vinny Del Negro/David Thompson/

Rebounds in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Tommy Burleson – 20
  2. Kenny Carr – 18
  3. Kenny Carr – 15
  4. Thurl Bailey – 14 (2x)
  5. Thurl Bailey – 13

Assists in a Single Playoff Game

  1. Spud Webb – 18
  2. Nate McMillan – 16
  3. Nae McMillana – 15
  4. Spud Webb – 14
  5. Spud Webb – 13
  6. 12 – Nate McMillan (2x)/Spud Webb

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TJ Warren’s Hot Hand From Deep was Cut Short in 2018-19: YEAR 5 RECAP



Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren just wrapped up his 5th season in the NBA, all played with the Phoenix Suns, who drafted him 14th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

It was a frustrating ending for Warren, missing the final 33 games of the season due to an ankle injury, which ultimately was determined to be a severe bruise.

In 43 games (36 starts), Warren averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 48.6% from the field, and a super impressive 42.8% three-point percentage.

To put it in perspective, he shot 22.2% from beyond the arch last year.

Warren picked up a $250,000 bonus for shooting over 37% from three, and missed another $250,000 bonus by 5 three-point attempts. He needed 185 attempts for the bonus, and shot 180.

Tony Bucket’s highest scoring performance of the year came on December 13th, when he dropped 30 points on the Mavs.

Warren just finished the 2nd season on his 4-year contract extension worth $50 million. He is due $10.8 million next season, $11.7 million in 2020-21 and $12.69 million in 2021-22.

There is speculation on whether or not Warren will be a member of the Suns, because he is an enticing player for the Suns to package in a deal.

With that being said, Warren is optimistic about Phoenix taking a step forward next year.

“We’ve got the talent,” Warren said. “We’ve got the players. All it’s about is coming together. Building together. Growing together. Josh (Jackson), Kelly (Oubre Jr.) Book (Devin Booker), Tyler (Johnson) D.A. (Deandre Ayton). We have the nucleus to really make some things happen. It’s going to be a big offseason for everybody. Hopefully everybody is going to work, which I know they are.”


Through 5 seasons, Warren’s career scoring average of 14.4 is the third highest by a former Wolfpack player.

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Seahawks Make Russell Wilson the Highest Paid Player in the NFL



There was a time when he was a 2-star prospect coming out of high school. There was a time that all the pundits said that his game wouldn’t translate to the NFL.

Shortly after the clock struck Midnight, former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson signed a 4-year $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks, including a $65 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid player in the NFL.

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“Hey Seattle, we got a deal. Go Hawks. But I’ma see ya’ll in the morning. Time for ya’ll to go to bed.”

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2 weeks ago, Wilson gave the Seahawks a April 15th deadline for his contract to be signed. He wasn’t going to allow contract negotiations carry on once the Seahawks were back on the field. There weren’t going to be any distractions.

I guess it’s ok to allow a deadline to be broken by 45 minutes when someone makes you the highest paid player in the league.

Wilson will be the highest paid player per year at $35 million, and his $65 million signing bonus is record breaking as well.

Last season, Wilson threw 35 touchdowns, and boasted a QB Rating of 110.9, which were both career highs, and ranked 3rd in the league.

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