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NC State in the NFL 2018 Week 8 Recap



Week 8 of the 2018 NFL season is in the bag, and 11 (8 starters) former NC State players were active. Here’s a breakdown of their performances.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Starter) was nearly perfect on Sunday, completing 14 of his 17 passes for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in the Seahawks 28-14 victory over the Lions. In fact, he did record a PERFECT QB RATING of 158.3 on the day, marking the first time in Seahawk history that a quarterback has done so. His ProFootballFocus grade of the week was 98.0.

Running Back Nyheim Hines posted the best running game of his young career against Oakland Sunday. Hines had 11 carries for 78 yards, and 2 receptions for 7 yards on the Colts 42-28 victory over the Raiders. He played 36% of the offensive snaps.

Tight End David Grinnage (Starter) started for the second straight week, playing in his 3rd career NFL game. It was the best game of his young career, catching 3 receptions for 37 yards on 5 targets in the Jaguars 18-24 loss to the Eagles. Grinnage played 44% of the offensive snaps.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Starter) had 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 tackle for loss in the Broncos 23-30 loss to the Chiefs. Chubb leads all NFL rookies with 7 sacks. He played 90% of the snaps against the Chiefs.

Defensive End BJ Hill (Starter) had 6 tackles in the Giants 13-20 loss to the Redskins, marking a new career high. He also had a pass breakup. Hill played 62% of the defensive snaps, resulting in the most snaps of his young career. He has started 5 of the Giants 8 games in 2018.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (Starter) connected on both of his field goal attempts (47 & 51) in the Bills 6-25 loss to the Patriots.

Left Guard Joe Thuney’s (Starter) start streak continues, playing every snap for the Patriots in their 25-6 victory over the Bills.

Left Guard JR Sweezy (Starter) played 100% of the snaps in the Seahawks 28-14 victory over the Lions. Sweezy has started every game for Seattle in 2018.

Left Guard Ted Larsen (Starter) started for the Dolphins in their 23-42 loss to the Texans, and has started in 7 of Miami’s 8 games in 2018. He only played 67% of the offensive snaps because he left the game with an arm injury. His status for this weekend is unknown at this point.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels picked up his first carries as an NFL running back against the Browns, rushing 4 times for 17 yards (4.3 yards per carry). He played 7 offensive snaps, and 9 special teams snaps in the Steelers 33-18 victory over the Browns.

Josh Jones had 2 special teams tackles in the Packers 27-29 loss to the Rams, but didn’t take any snaps at Safety.


Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers Defensive Tackle Justin Jones

Did Not Play

Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Mike Glennon

Not Active

Buffalo Bills Cornerback Dontae Johnson

Injured Reserve

Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Lineman Will Richardson
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Kentavius Street

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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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