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NC State in the NFL: Week 5 Report



17 of the 20 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was nearly perfect on Thursday night, completing 17 of 23 for 268 yards and 4 touchdowns (0 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 151.8 in the Seahawks 30-29 victory over the Rams. He also rushed the ball 8 times for 32 yards.

Wilson is off to one of the best starts in NFL history through 5 games.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) didn’t put his best numbers in the box score, but he was integral in leading the Colts to a 19-13 victory over the undefeated Chiefs. He was 18 of 29 for 151 yards, with no touchdowns, and 1 interception (QB Rating – 61.1). Brissett did manage to pick up a 1-yard rushing touchdown.

Defensive End B.J. Hill (starter) had 5 tackles in the Giants’ 28-10 loss to the Vikings. He played in 69% of the defensive snaps, which was the most of anyone on the team.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 5 tackles, 2 QB Hits, and 1 pass deflection in Los Angeles’ 20-13 loss to Denver. He played in 79% of the defensive snaps, which was the highest on the team.

Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 2 times for -1 yards, and had 4 receptions (5 targets) for 46 yards in Indianapolis’ 19-13 victory over Kansas City. He played in 21% of the offensive snaps.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the snaps in New England’s 33-7 victory over Washington.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 26-23 victory over the Bengals.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings 28-10 victory over the Giants. It was probably the best game of his young career.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels was 1 of 2 passing for 4 yards with an interception, rushed the ball 3 times for 2 yards, and had 3 receptions (4 targets) for 11 yards in the Steelers’ 26-23 loss to the Ravens in Overtime. He played in 25% of the offensive snaps. Unfortunately, Jay Sam will miss a month after having his knee scoped on Monday.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had his worst game of the season, completing 32 of 48 for 211 yards with no touchdowns, but 2 interceptions in the Chargers’ 20-13 loss to the Broncos. His QB Rating was 58.6.

Offensive Guard Will Richardson didn’t start, but he did play 54% of the offensive snaps in the Jaguars 34-27 loss to the Panthers. Jacksonville has been using a rotation at Right Guard with Richardson and A.J. Cann since Week 3, and Richardson played more snaps for the first time in Week 5.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 1 reception (2 targets) for 6 yards in the Patriots’ 33-7 victory over the Redskins. He played 46% of the offensive snaps.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 1 reception (1 target) for 4 yards in the Redskins’ 33-7 loss to the Pats. He played 6 offensive snaps (10%).

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on both of his extra point attempts in the Bills; 14-7 victory over the Titans.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 4 times for an average of 42.6 yards in the Raiders’ 24-21 victory over the Bears.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 1 tackle in the Bengals 26-23 loss to the Cardinals, playing in only 9 snaps.

Cornerback Juston Burris had 1 tackle in the 1 snap he played for the Browns in their 31-3 loss to the 49ers.


Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)

Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)


Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen (Bears) – Knee

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Russell Wilson Passes Mahomes, Favorite to Win MVP After Week 6



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson surpassed Patrick Mahomes as the favorite to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award after Week 6.


Mahomes has been the favorite to win the MVP all season long, while Wilson entered with season with 25/1 odds.

Wilson ranks 8th in passing yards (1,704), but ranks 1st in QB Rating (124.7) and 2nd in completion percentage (72.5%) and touchdown passes (14). The wild thing is that Wilson hasn’t thrown an interception all season. The Seahawks are 5-1.

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4 Former NC State Players Taken in XFL Draft



4 former NC State football players were taken in the XFL Draft the past two days.

Cornerback Jack Tocho was taken in the first round of the Secondary phase by the Los Angeles Wildcats.

Tocho is a well put together cornerback who carries a notable presence on the boundary. With good awareness and route recognition skills, Tocho will meet the requirements of an outside cornerback in the XFL and provide the Wildcats with a heady defender and a reliable tackler out on the edge. Tocho doesn’t necessarily possess top end explosiveness or short area agility, but his anticipation and technique will help him continue to be a plus starter at the XFL level while providing no shortage of plays on the football. He may need a bit of help in turn and run coverage over the top, but Tocho’s work in zone should have Wildcats fans excited about seeing him keying opposing quarterbacks in the backfield. (XFL)

Tocho was drafted by the Vikings in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and played 1 year in the league. He spent the 2018 season on the Redskins Practice Squad, and played for the AAF in 2019 before it shut down.

Former All-ACC Offensive Guard Tony Adams was taken by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the 7th Round of the Offensive Line phase.

An impressive NC State product in the 2018 NFL Draft, they don’t come much stronger than Tony Adams. At the Shrine Game, Adams impressed with his ability to uproot interior defenders in the running game and stonewall their bull-rushes as a pass protector. Primarily a guard prospect who also spent time at center, Adams had NFL-caliber traits that the Jaguars took a long look at following the 2018 NFL Draft: his foot quickness, hand power, and core strength all illustrate that of a Day 1 starter at guard for the Vipers, who will likely make a killing running right through the holes Jones bulldozes open. (XFL)

Adams went undrafted in 2018, but was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and ultimately finished the year on the Patriots Practice Squad.

Cornerback Mike Stevens will be teammates with Tocho once again, being drafted by the Wildcats in the 9th round of the Secondary phase.

Former Offensive Guard Terronne Prescod was taken by the DC Defenders in the Open phase.

The XFL season will start in February after the NFL Super Bowl.


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Trea Turner is 1 of 7 Former NC State Players to Play in the World Series



Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals advanced to the 2019 World Series after sweeping the Cardinals last night.

Turner is 1 of 10 former Wolfpack baseball players to play in the playoffs, and after last night, he is about to be 1 of 7 to play in the World Series.

Shortstop Trea Turner – 1 time (2019)
Infielder Jimmy Brown – 1 time (1942)
Pitcher Mike Caldwell – 1 time (1982)
Shortstop Adam Everett – 1 time (2005) (Transferred to South Carolina after 1 season)
Rightfielder Dave Robertson – 1 time (1917)
Pitcher Tim Stoddard – 1 time (1979)
Infielder Tracy Woodson – 1 time (1988)

If the Nationals win the World Series, Turner would be only the 3rd former NC State baseball player to win a World Series, and the first since 1988.


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Trea Turner’s 2 RBIs Help Send Nationals to 1st World Series



Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner’s 2 RBIs helped people Washington into the World Series last night, with the Nationals beating the Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 of the NLCS, completing the sweep.

This marks the 1st World Series appearance in Nationals history.

Turner was 2-4 with 2 RBIs, and 1 run in the clinching game. In the NLCS, Turner’s batting average was .294, with 5 hits in 4 games.

Through 10 games this postseason, Turner is hitting .286, with a team-high 12 hits. He also has 6 runs, 3 2B’s, 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 3 BB.

After last night, Turner has played in 20 career postseason games, which means he has officially past Adam Everett for the most games played in the postseason by a former Wolfpacker.

Of course Turner was once again wearing an NC State rugby scrum cap for the postgame celebration.



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