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White Sox Name Carlos Rodon Opening Day Starter

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The White Sox have named former NC State All-American pitcher Carlos Rodon as their opening day starter (March 28th in Kansas City). For the 5th straight season, Chicago will roll out a different pitcher for opening day.

This is Rodon’s first opening day start.

“He’s been with us, we know what he’s capable of doing,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “The good thing is, we’ve started the year where he’s nice and healthy, we’re looking forward to a good season starting off. The way we slotted it, it just ended up being the right person for it.”

“He has been here longer than most of the guys who are here,” Renteria said. “This is a guy that’s got some pretty good stuff. He’s worked very, very well this spring. [Sunday’s] outing was really good, I thought. Kept us in the ballgame, fatigued a little bit near the end, but all in all, did a really nice job and continues to move forward. Happy, healthy and climbing.”

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Rodon is honored to be trusted with the opening day start.

“I’m the guy that gets to go first. I get the honor of going first,” Rodon said. “It doesn’t mean that I’m better than anyone else. I think everyone else has the potential of being the Opening Day starter, but I was the fortunate one.”

“I wouldn’t say I compare to Chris Sale and Jose Quintana,” Rodon said. “Me taking the ball on Game 1 doesn’t make me those guys, but, like I said, it’s an honor to take the ball that day. Just ready to compete.” (MLB)

Rodon was a three-time All-American at NC State, and the all-time leader in strikeouts.

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Former NC State C Andrew Knizer Gets 1st MLB Hit

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Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizer has been called up for the 2nd time this season, and on Wednesday he landed his first career Major League hit.

Knizer’s first hit was a double to centerfield. The hit came in his 4th game for the Cardinals. Up to that moment, Knizer was 0-10 through his first three games.

He boasts a .304 career batting average in the Minor Leagues through 295 games.

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Wilson & Rivers Rank in Top-25 of CBS’ Top-100 NFL Players Heading into 2019

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CBSSports released their Top-100 NFL players heading into the 2019 season, and former NC State Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers both ranked in the Top-25.

8. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

A year after leading the league with 34 touchdown passes, Wilson threw one more TD toss (35) despite throwing 126 fewer passes than the year before. He remains a miracle worker under pressure, he’s one of the best downfield throwers in the league, and he is always, always, always a threat to take off and run with the football. With the Seahawks rebooting their roster after paying Wilson more than any other quarterback has ever been paid, it’ll be fascinating to see how his game develops. 

23. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Rivers is coming off arguably the best season of his career at age 37. It’s tempting to say a drop-off is coming soon, but look around the league: a lot of older quarterbacks are still finding great success. He’s losing one of his top targets in Tyrell Williams, but gaining one in Hunter Henry. He should still be quite good. 

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Bradley Chubb Getting Pro Bowl Buzz Heading into 2nd Season

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Former NC State All-American Defensive End Bradley Chubb (now a Linebacker for the Denver Broncos) had a huge rookie season, and is now has Pro Bowl buzz surrounding him heading into his second year.

Chubb had 12 sacks in year 1, which broke Von Miller’s Bronco Rookie record, and 7th most ever by an NFL Rookie.

Marc Sessler predicted a player on each NFL team that could make their first Pro Bowl this year, and Chubb was his selection from the Broncos.

DENVER BRONCOS: Bradley Chubb, edge, second NFL season: Chubb lived up to his billing as a havoc-wreaking quarterback night-terror unleashed in unison with Denver’s Von Miller. His 12 sacks as a rookie included a midseason tear of 7.5 takedowns over a five-game stretch. Chubb and Miller remain the heart of this Broncos squad, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both earn Pro Bowl honors this time around. “Spoiler alert … Both these guys have 20 sacks; it’s never been done before,” Peter Schrager of “Good Morning Football” predicted in May. “Two 20-sack guys, 40 sacks total.” Dream big!

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Bucky Brooks ranked Chubb and Von Miller as the best pass rushing tandem in the NFL heading into the 2019 season.

1) Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos: The thought of new head coach Vic Fangio creating pass-rush schemes for Miller and Chubb should lead to plenty of sleepless nights for offensive coordinators around the league. The wily defensive architect not only inherits a pair of pass rushers who have proven they can produce big numbers together (they combined for 26.5 sacks in 2018), but he gets to build his 3-4 defense with two elite edge rushers who have complementary games. Miller is the dynamic speed rusher with cat-like quickness and a dizzying array of rush moves that leave offensive tackles tied in knots. Chubb is a disruptive power rusher with heavy hands and a non-stop motor. He overwhelms blockers with his brute strength but also displays enough finesse to win consistently on the edges.

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Jaylen Samuels’ Rookie Season Highlight Reel

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Former NC State Swiss Army Knife Jaylen Samuels is about to head into his second season in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year he rushed for 256 yards on 56 carries, and snagged 26 receptions for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Here’s his Rookie Highlight Reel:

It will be interesting to see what Jay Sam’s role looks like in year two with former NC State Tight Ends Coach Eddie Faulkner stepping into the role as the Steelers Running Backs Coach.

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