Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 12 (7 starters) former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.
Rookie Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 3 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble in the Broncos 45-10 victory over the Cardinals. After recording 1.5 sacks through the first 5 games, Chubb has 5 sacks over the past two weeks, and currently ranks 6th in the NFL with 6.5 sacks. He played in 88% of the defensive snaps last Thursday night.
Bradley Chubb with the long arm for the sack pic.twitter.com/IBMdgTCnar
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Quarterback Philip Rivers (Starter) is blazing. On Sunday morning in London, he was a blistering 19 of 26 for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Chargers 20-19 victory over the Titans. His QB rating for the day was 137.7.
Rivers became only the 6th quarterback in NFL history with 60 career 300-yard passing games. He joined Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, and Brett Favre.
The Chargers have won 4 straight.
Tight End David Grinnage (Starter) played his first NFL game in Week 6, and started his first NFL game this past Sunday. Grinnage had 2 receptions for 17 yards on 2 targets. He played 46% of the offensive snaps.
Rookie Running Back Nyheim Hines had 9 carries for 47 yards (9.3 yards per carry), and 1 reception for -5 yards in the Colts 37-5 victory over the Bills. Hines played in 26% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Giants 20-23 loss to the Falcons. He played 57% of the defensive snaps. This was Hill’s 4th start of the season.
As usual, Left Guard Joe Thuney (Starter) started and played every single offensive snap for the Patriots in their 38-31 victory over the Browns.
Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started once again in the Dolphins 21-32 loss to the Lions. He played 95% of the offensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 34-yards out in the Bills 5-37 loss to the Colts.
Rookie Defensive Tackle Justin Jones played 15 snaps (21%) in the Chargers 20-19 victory over the Titans in London, but didn’t record any stats.
Dontae Johnson played his first snaps as a Cornerback as a member of the Buffalo Bills in their 5-37 loss to the Colts. He played 32% of the defensive snaps, but didn’t record any stats.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett played 8 snaps on offense for the Colts in their 37-5 victory over the Bills. He had 4 rushes for -4 yards, and didn’t have any pass attempts.
Cornerback Juston Burris played 11 snaps on special teams in the Jets 17-37 loss to the Vikings.
Did Not Play
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Tackle Will Richardson
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks Left Guard JR Sweezy
Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back Jaylen Samuels
Green Bay Packers Safety Josh Jones
Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette
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.
Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19
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.
Here’s a quote from Dennis Smith Jr. on his donation: “Fayetteville and basketball have given so much to me…. I wanted to show support for the real heroes during these tragic times – the first responders.” Smith Jr.’s full quote, via the Knicks, is here: https://t.co/EtvF1LhVKh pic.twitter.com/G1RpvhGTjF
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 27, 2020
Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization
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.
Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization
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.