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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 5 Recap



Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 13 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) had his best performance of the season thus far in the Chargers 26-10 victory over the Raiders on Sunday. He was 22 of 27 (81.5%) for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions). His QB Rating was a gaudy 143.4

The clip below is vintage Rivers. He calls out the Raiders defense for being set up in ‘base defense’ and tells his receiver to run a seam.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) also had his best performance of the season thus far in the Seahawks 31-33 loss to the Rams. He was 13 of 21 (62%) for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). His QB Rating was an impressive 132.5.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both his field goal attempts on Sunday for the Bills (40 & 46), but the last one went through the goal posts as time expired, giving Buffalo a 13-12 victory over the Titans.

Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines (Starter) started off the year coming off the bench, but has started for the Colts the past two weeks. Last Thursday, Hines had 15 carries for 45 yards, and 7 receptions (9 targets) for 45 yards in Indianapolis’ 24-38 loss to the Patriots. Hines played 56 of the 83 possible offensive snaps (67%).

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 2 tackles and one pass breakup in the Broncos 16-34 loss to the Jets. Chubb played 42 of the 62 offensive snaps (68%).

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 5 tackles (3 solo/2 assist) in the Giants 31-33 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He played 32 of the 71 defensive snaps (45%).

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start streak continued (43 straight starts) on Thursday in the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Colts. He played all 69 offensive snaps.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) started for the Seahawks in their 31-33 loss to the Raiders. He played all 60 offensive snaps.

Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started for the Dolphins in their 17-27 loss to the Bengals. It was Larsen’s 4th straight start, and he played 100% of the possible offensive snaps.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had one tackle in the Chargers 26-10 victory over the Raiders. Jones played 14 of the 52 defensive snaps (27%).

Safety Josh Jones played in his second game of the season after coming back from injury, and played in only 4 defensive snaps in the Packers 23-31 loss to the Lions.

Cornerback Juston Burris saw action for the Jets for the 2nd time this season in their 34-16 victory over the Broncos. Burris has yet to take a snap at cornerback in 2018, strictly playing special teams.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels played 2 offensive snaps for the Steelers in their 41-17 victory over the Falcons.

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

Jacksonville Jaguars Right Tackle Will Richardson
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson

Injured Reserve
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street

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Dennis Smith Jr Dunks Over J. Cole, Finishes 2nd in 2019 NBA Dunk Contest



Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. competed in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and finished 2nd behind Hamidou Diallo.

Smith’s best dunk of the contest was a soaring leap over rapper J. Cole, which earned him a score of 50. He also picked up another 50 score for vaulting over Dwayne Wade and catching an alley oop from Stephen Curry.

The highlights are below.

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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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