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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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Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers



Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.

Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.

Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.

Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.


Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.

The Pacers are getting a deal.

Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.

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Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP



Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.


At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.

Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).

Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.

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TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League



The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.

TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.

Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.

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Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels



Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.

The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.

LA Times

Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.

It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.

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