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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 6 Recap

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Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 14 former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Rookie Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had his best game of his young career on Sunday, recording 3 sacks in the Broncos’ 20-23 loss to the Rams. He had a total of 5 tackles, which is also a new high for Chubb. The three sacks tied a Broncos’ rookie single-game record. Chubb played 72% of the Broncos defensive snaps.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was extremely sharp on Sunday, completing 17 of his 23 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Seahawks 27-3 blowout against the Raiders. His QB Rating was 125.4.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) was 11 of 20 for 207 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 interception) in the Chargers 38-14 victory over the Browns. His QB Rating was 103.5 on the day.

Check out Rivers laying the block on this end around for Keenan Allen.

Place Kicker Stephen Haushcka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (26 and 52) and his one extra point attempt in the Bills 13-20 loss to the Texans.

Rookie (technically) David Grinnage was called up from the practice squad last week, and he had 1 reception for 7 yards in his first career NFL game this past Sunday in the Jaguars 7-40 loss to the Cowboys. He played 9 offensive snaps.

Marlon Mack returned to the Colts lineup, so Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines returned to a reserve role in Indianaoplis’ 34-42 loss to the Colts. He had 3 carries for 14 yards and 2 receptions (3 targets) for 21 yards.

Rookie Defensive Tackle BJ Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants 13-34 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night football. Hill played 32 snaps on defense (45%).

Left Guard Joe Thuney (Starter) played every offensive snap in the Patriots 43-40 victory over the Chiefs.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) played every offensive snap in the Seahawks 27-3 victory over the Raiders.

Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started and played every offensive snap in the Dolphins 31-28 victory over the Bears.

Rookie Defensive Tackle Justin Jones played 21 snaps (28%) in the Chargers 38-14 victory over the Browns, but didn’t record any stats.

Cornerback Juston Burris played strictly on special teams once again for the Jets (5 snaps) in their 42-34 victory over the Colts.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels played strictly on special teams in the Steelers 28-21 victory over the Bengals.

Safety Josh Jones played in a reserve role for the Packers last night in their 33-30 victory over the 49ers, but didn’t record any stats.

Did Not Play
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Lineman Will Richardson

Injured Reserve
San Franscisco 49er Defensive End Kentavius Street

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Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette

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Former NC State Point Guard Justin Gainey (1997-00) has been hired by Marquette as their Associate Head Coach, serving along head coach Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke point guard.

“We are excited to welcome Justin and the Gainey family back to Marquette,” Wojciechowski said.  “Justin is one of the nation’s top rising coaches and his talents, ability to build meaningful relationships and myriad of experiences alongside some of the game’s best teachers will serve our program, and most importantly our players, incredibly well.” (Link)

This isn’t Gainey’s first stint at Marquette, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-17. The past two seasons, Gainey served as an Assistant Coach with Sean Miller at Arizona. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara for one season with his former head coach at NC State, Herb Sendek.

Gainey’s coaching career began at NC State, where he served as Director of Operations for three seasons (2006-09), and then he went on to work at Appalachian State and Elon as well.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19

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Former NC State Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. never forgets where he came from. The New York Knicks Point Guard is always showing love for Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to Ian Begley, DSJ is providing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and 32 computers for local students in Fayetteville.

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Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization

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Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizner enters the 2020 season ranked as the #6 prospect in the Cardinals organization.

Knizner was drafted in the 7th round by St. Louis in 2016, and was called up for the 1st time to the Big Leagues last year, when Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.

The jump wasn’t an easy one, with Knizner hitting .226 in 18 games.

Despite some time in the Majors at the end of last season, Knizner will begin 2020 in Triple-A Memphis, where he has already played 83 games, hitting .283.

Cardinals legend Molina is back to full strength, and backup Matt Wieters was signed to a 1-year deal, meaning it’s not quite time for Knizner.

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Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson will is entering the 2020 baseball season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization.

After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft last year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.

In December, the Angels traded him to the Giants.

In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).

Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.

According to MLB.com, Wilson is expected to make it to the Majors in 2022.

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