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Jaylen Samuels Wins Rookie of the Week Honors, Set to Start vs. Saints

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Former NC State H-Back Jaylen Samuels had a monster performance last week for the Steelers vs. the Patriots, rumbling for 142 yards on 19 carries, and grabbing 2 receptions for 30 yards.

The 142 yards rushing is the 3rd most by a former NC State player as a running back in the NFL.

Samuels was rewarded for his efforts with NFL Rookie of the Week honors.

He is the first Steeler to earn Rookie of the Week honors since Le’Veon Bell did for Week 16 of the 2013 season.

James Conner once again will be unable to play today, which means Jay Sam’s number is being called once again to start for Pittsburgh.

Here’s what Pittsburgh Offensive Coordinator Randy Fitcher has to say about Samuels.

“You’re concerned all the time because you don’t know, but I don’t think we’re scared of the unknown,” Steelers Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner said. “He’s here for a reason. About a month ago I said he was one of those guys on tape who scored touchdowns in college. He’s just that kind of guy. He makes plays, and he didn’t let us down last week. He caught the ball when we needed him to catch it, moved the chains when we needed him to move the chains and protected the ball.” (Link)

Today will be Samuel’s 3rd start of the year. In his first two starts he has rushed for 170 yards on 30 carries, and 9 receptions for 94 yards.

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5 NC State Players have Advanced to the NBA Finals

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The Kawhi Leonard led Raptors defeated the Bucks 100-94 last night, resulting in Toronto advancing to their 1st ever NBA Finals appearance. They will only have to beat the Warriors, who will be looking to 3-peat, and have now advanced to 5-straight NBA Finals.

While no former NC State players will be playing in the NBA Finals this year, 5 former Wolfpacker players have played in the Championship series in the past.

  • 1) Josh Powell – 3 times (06, 09, 10)
  • 2) Chuck Nevitt – 2 times (85 & 88)
  • 3) Nate McMillan – 1 time (96)
  • 3) Chucky Brown – 1 time (95)
  • 3) John Richter – 1 time (60)

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Garrett Bradbury Set to Play Center for Vikings

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When Minnesota drafted former NC State Consensus All-American Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick last month, there was debate whether he would continue to play Center at the next level, or get shifted somewhere else on the line.

Well, it looks like the debate is over before there was a chance to have one.

Bradbury played center at North Carolina State and lined up there with the media watching at Wednesday organized team activity.

Pat Elflein had been the starting center, but he’s now at left guard.

“I’m just focusing on left guard,” Elflein said, via the Pioneer Press. “It feels great. I played there in college. That was always one of my things. Just being able to play both positions.”

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking forward to taking snaps from Bradbury for quite some time.

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Torin Dorn Participates in Agent Pro Day in Phoenix

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Former NC State Forward Torin Dorn worked out at an Agent Pro Day in Phoenix today in front of NBA Scouts and executives, along with two other former Wolfpacker’s: Cody and Caleb Martin (Transferred to Nevada).

Dorn impressed at the Portsmouth Invitational a month ago.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

Dorn has always defied the odds, as he so perfectly laid out in the tweet below accompanied by a highlight reel.

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Josh Jones Wants Packers to Trade Him

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Former NC State Safety Josh Jones wants to be traded from the Packers according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

According to Demovsky, Jones is skipping voluntary OTA’s, and working out on his own in Florida.

I’m guessing Jones didn’t appreciate Green Bay drafting Safety Darnell Savage in the 1st Round a month ago, with the 21st overall pick.

Obviously Jones would like to be traded to a team where he can start, but there are plenty of other Safeties on the market.

Jones was drafted by the Packers with the 61st overall pick, in the 2nd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, after leaving NC State after his Junior year.

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