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Dennis Smith Jr Receives Honorary Key to the City of Fayetteville

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Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr has never forgotten where he came from, no matter how high he’s climbed the ladder.

Earlier this week, Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, presented Smith Jr with a ceremonial key to the city “in recognition of his efforts to support the youth and provide exceptional leadership to the citizens of Fayetteville both on and off the court.” (FayObserver)

DSJ threw down his first dunk on Langdon Street at Seabrook Park’s Smith Recreation Center, and back in February, in partnership with Under Armour, he unveiled a pair of refurbished courts there.

“Most of the time when those guys get to stardom, particularly in a market like New York City, it’s hard to remember your hometown,” Colvin said.

“I was real impressed by the investment that he partnered with Under Armour to redo the Seabrook court. That’s one of the most underserved areas in the city. That meant a lot to the community and that’s home for me. That’s just one of the things. … I understand that he’s very active in the community in some other ways.”

“If you’re ever around him, he’s a very humble guy,” Colvin said.

“He just blends in with the crowd. To me, that says that success doesn’t define your character, necessarily. He’s shown that you can be successful and still maintain a level head, which says a lot. That’s inspiring to the youth that we have here.” (FayObserver)

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NC State NFL Preseason Week 3 Report: Thursday

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Week 3 of the 2019 NFL Preseason kicked off last night, and quite a few former NC State football players were in action.

Quarterback Ryan Finley was sharp once again, completing 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 155 yards in the Bengals 25-23 loss to the Giants (92.7 QB Rating). Heading into Week 3 of the 2019 NFL Preseason, legend Kurt Warner believed that Finley was the best rookie quarterback thus far.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers probably caught some grief after the game for his holding penalty and going 0-3 on attempts from Tom Brady, but he still proved to be one of the most productive receivers in the 2019 NFL preseason last night. Meyers had 7 receptions for 74 yards (12 targets) in the Patriots 10-3 victory over the Panthers. He is currently leading the NFL this preaseason in receiving yards (225) and receptions (19).

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 2 receptions for 37 yards on 3 targets in the Redskins 19-7 victory over the Falcons.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 1 tackle, 0.5 sacks and 1 QB hit in the Bengals 25-23 loss to the Giants.

Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 QB Hit in the Giants 25-23 victory over the Bengals.

Quarterback Mike Glennon was 4-9 for 38 yards in the Raiders 22-21 victory over the Packers.

Punter A.J. Cole averaged 42.2 yards per punt (6 punts), placing 1 inside the 20 in the Raiders 22-21 victory over the Packers.

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NC State NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: Monday

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Last night, 3 former NC State players put on a show in the Monday Night Football game of Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. If you missed our updates from Thursday & Friday, and Saturday & Sunday, make sure to catch up.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb was the 2nd best graded player in the NFL during the 2nd week of the Preseason last night (PFF). Chubb had 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 2 QB hits. One of his QB hits, resulted in an interception.

Defensive End Kentavius Street had himself a game as well, racking up 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 QB hits.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson also shined, picking up 4 tackles, 2 pass deflections and 1 interception.

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Trea Turner Steals the 150th Base is his Career

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Former NC State All-American shortstop Trea Turner stole the 150th base of his career last Friday night.

Turner’s 26 stolen bases rank 6th in the MLB this year, though he’s only played in 85 games.

On top of that, Trea’s on-base streak was extended to 27 games tonight.

On the year, Turner is batting .294 with 13 home runs.

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NC State NFL Preseason Week 2 Report: Saturday & Sunday

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A handful of former NC State football players were in action on Saturday and Sunday in the 2nd week of the 2019 NFL Preseason. If you missed the report from Thursday and Friday’s games, check it out here.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers is becoming a legend in New England this preseason. He had 6 receptions for 82 yards (6 targets) in the Patriots 22-17 victory over the Titans on Saturday.

Meyers has had 6 receptions in both preseason games thus far.

Meyers went undrafted this Summer, and he’s looking like a WR1.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was fantastic on Saturday night, completing 8 of 10 for 100 yards and a touchdown (QB Rating: 141.7).

Andrew Luck is still battling an ankle injury, and it’s looking more and more like Brissett could be the Week 1 starter for Indy. The Colts plan on making the decision after the third preseason game.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 4 rushes for 26 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and a touchdown in the Steelers 17-7 victory over the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 rush for 9 yards in the Colts 21-18 loss to the Browns on Saturday. He also had 1 tackle, and 1 punt return for 0 yards.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 1 tackle and 1 QB Hit in the Chargers 19-17 loss to the Saints yesterday.

Quarterback Russell Wilson was 6 of 9 for 82 yards in the Seahawks 25-19 loss to the Vikings yesterday. He also had 2 rushes for 9 yards.

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