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Former NC State OL Ted Larsen Lands Key Block in the Miami Miracle

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A 69-yard “circus” play orchestrated by the Miami Dolphins with no time left on the clock, that led to the game-winning touchdown over the New England Patriots, has been dubbed the “Miami Miracle.”

Here’s what it looks like in written form.

Kenyan Drake wouldn’t have made it into the end zone if former NC State Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen didn’t run 40 yards down the field, and make the key block on Patrick Chung on the 30-yard line.

Even though Drake scored the touchdown, the Dolphins were chanting Larsen’s name at the end of the game.

Larsen was transparent after the game. There wasn’t a single ounce of him that wanted the ball tossed in his direction.

“It looked like we had a little action,” Larsen said. “You just try to get down there. I was kind of hoping they wouldn’t pitch me the ball. I was looking forward to making the block. I ended up making the block and it worked. He had a great run.” (Link)

The former Wolfpack lineman helped make history yesterday.

It was the first time in the 52-year history of the Dolphins that they scored the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. At 69 yards, it was the NFL’s longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time left since at least the 1970 merger. (DeadSpin)

Larsen has been in the league 9 years now, and his key block in the Miami Miracle is his shining moment of his tenure, and will likely go down as the most epic play of his career.

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JR Sweezy Signs 2-Year Deal With Arizona Cardinals

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle, converted to Offensive Guard in the NFL, JR Sweezy has signed a 2-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, staying in the NFC West.

Sweezy was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft (225th overall), and was quickly converted into an offensive lineman. He worked his way up to becoming the full-time starter at Right Guard for Seattle in 2013, and held the spot for three seasons before signing a 5-year $32.5 million contract with Tampa Bay. Sweezy missed the entire 2016 season due to back problems, but returned to start 14 games for the Bucs last year, before finishing the season on the Injured Reserve.

Last year, Sweezy returned to the Seahawks, and started in all 15 games he played in.

Sweezy is entering his 8th year in the NFL, and his 7th season playing. He has started in 78 of the 88 games he has played in since entering the league in 2012.

 

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Mike Glennon Released by Cardinals

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Former NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon has officially been released by the Arizona Cardinals.

Glennon signed a 2-year $8 million contract prior to the 2018 season as a backup. He was cut prior to a $500,000 roster bonus due to him on March 17th.

While only seeing action in 2 games in Arizona, Glennon walked away with $4 million. He completed 15 of 21 passes foe 174 yards and 1 touchdown in those two games.

Glennon has played in the NFL 6 seasons, and made $27,446,782.

We will have to wait and see where Glennon lands next.

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Washington Wants Trea Turner to Steal All the Bases

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner ranked 2nd in the Major League last year in stolen bases, but the Washington Nationals want him to take it up a notch.

“If he attempts 75 to 80, we’ll be in great shape,” Martinez said, and that would make Turner one of the more aggressive base runners in recent memory. (WP)

Turner ranked 2nd in the majors with 43 stolen bases last year, and his 46 stolen bases two years ago ranked 3rd.

75-80 stolen base attempts would be a career high for Turner…by a long shot.

Turner ranked 2nd in the Major’s last season with 52 attempts. Only 13 players have attempted 75 stolen bases in a single season in the past 18 seasons.

“Any time a coach pushes you to do something that you think is a little crazy, I think that’s them believing in you that you can do it,” Turner said. “It’s possible. It’s still a lot, but it’s possible. I think I’m going to have to do a lot of things right, and hopefully get a shot at accomplishing it.” (WP)

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

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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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