16 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) had the best game of his career, with a career high in passing yards (326), touchdown passes (4) and QB Rating (126.7) in Indianapolis’ 30-23 victory over Houston. Brissett has led the Colts to 1st place in the AFC South now.
— Ghost Valley Peckers (@PeckerNation) October 22, 2019
His 14 touchdowns are the 2nd most in the NFL, and the three player with 15 haven’t had a bye week like he has. Brissett was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 95% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 33-0 victory over the Jets. He ranks 3rd in Pass Block Win Rate amongst the NFL’s Offensive Guards.
Thuney made ProFootballFocus’ Week 7 Team of the Week.
Thuney finished the Pats’ Monday night affair with the Jets as the team’s highest-graded offensive player and the highest-graded left guard in football on the week. He allowed zero pressures from 47 pass-blocking snaps and earned an impressive 75.3 run-blocking grade. (NFL)
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 5 receptions for 47 yards in the Patriots’ 33-0 victory over the Jets. He played in 51% of the offensive snaps, and his 5 receptions were a career high.
Jakobi Meyers has caught 12 of the 14 balls he's been targeted with this season.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) October 22, 2019
There were 28 WRs drafted in 2019. Jakobi Meyers entered this week with more production than 19 of them. Not bad for someone who’s been a full-time receiver for three years.
Here’s a story on Meyer’s rapid rise from QB to WR https://t.co/C0Sd9SCqhI
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 20, 2019
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 42-30 victory over the Lions. He has been a mean man the past three weeks. Through the first 4 weeks, he was the worst graded Center in the NFL, and the past three weeks he has ranked 3rd.
Heck yeah, Garrett Bradbury. pic.twitter.com/MaGR7A7Y2D
— Purple Post (@Purple_Post) October 22, 2019
After 2 subpar weeks, Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) rebounded in the Chargers’ 23-20 loss to the Titans, completing 24 of 38 for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) for a QB Rating of 108.3.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) had his worst performance since Week 14 of last year, compiling a QB Rating of 65.2 in Seattle’s 30-16 loss to Baltimore. He was 20 of 41 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception returned for a touchdown. Wilson also rushed 3 times for 27 yards.
Quarterback Mike Glennon played his first snaps of the season, completing 2 of his 3 passes for 3rds 6 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ 42-24 loss to the Packers.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on all three of his field goal attempts (39, 43, 45) and both of his PAT’s in the Bills’31-21 victory over the Dolphins.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 27-21 victory over the Giants. He ranks 5th in Pass Block Win Rate amongst the NFL’s Offensive Guards.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 5 tackles in the Bengals’ 27-17 loss to the Jags, playing in 27% of the defensive snaps. He recorded 5 tackles for the 2nd consecutive week, which is a career high.
Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed 1 time for 3 yards, and had 1 reception for 13 yards in the Colts’ 30-23 victory over the Texans. He played in only 12% of the offensive snaps, which is a season low.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) had 2 punts that went for an average of 53 yards in Oakland’s 42-24 loss to Green Bay.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 39% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 27-17 victory over Cincinnati.
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee
Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette
Former NC State Point Guard Justin Gainey (1997-00) has been hired by Marquette as their Associate Head Coach, serving along head coach Steve Wojciechowski, the former Duke point guard.
“We are excited to welcome Justin and the Gainey family back to Marquette,” Wojciechowski said. “Justin is one of the nation’s top rising coaches and his talents, ability to build meaningful relationships and myriad of experiences alongside some of the game’s best teachers will serve our program, and most importantly our players, incredibly well.” (Link)
This isn’t Gainey’s first stint at Marquette, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-17. The past two seasons, Gainey served as an Assistant Coach with Sean Miller at Arizona. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara for one season with his former head coach at NC State, Herb Sendek.
Gainey’s coaching career began at NC State, where he served as Director of Operations for three seasons (2006-09), and then he went on to work at Appalachian State and Elon as well.
Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19
Former NC State Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr. never forgets where he came from. The New York Knicks Point Guard is always showing love for Fayetteville, North Carolina.
According to Ian Begley, DSJ is providing food vouchers for 575 first responders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, and 32 computers for local students in Fayetteville.
Here’s a quote from Dennis Smith Jr. on his donation: “Fayetteville and basketball have given so much to me…. I wanted to show support for the real heroes during these tragic times – the first responders.” Smith Jr.’s full quote, via the Knicks, is here: https://t.co/EtvF1LhVKh pic.twitter.com/G1RpvhGTjF
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 27, 2020
Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization
Former NC State Catcher Andrew Knizner enters the 2020 season ranked as the #6 prospect in the Cardinals organization.
Knizner was drafted in the 7th round by St. Louis in 2016, and was called up for the 1st time to the Big Leagues last year, when Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.
The jump wasn’t an easy one, with Knizner hitting .226 in 18 games.
Despite some time in the Majors at the end of last season, Knizner will begin 2020 in Triple-A Memphis, where he has already played 83 games, hitting .283.
Cardinals legend Molina is back to full strength, and backup Matt Wieters was signed to a 1-year deal, meaning it’s not quite time for Knizner.
Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization
Former NC State All-American Shortstop Will Wilson will is entering the 2020 baseball season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization.
After being drafted by the Angels with the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft last year, Wilson hit .275 in 46 games of Rookie ball with the Orem Owlz.
In December, the Angels traded him to the Giants.
In his final season at NC State, Wilson led the team with a .335 batting average, 20 doubles, 16 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage, and finished eighth all-time in career doubles (57) and homers (39), and ninth in total bases (409).
Wilson is the 3rd highest draft pick in NC State history, and only the 2nd batter to be drafted in the 1st round, alongside another shortstop who is currently in the league as well: Trea Turner.
According to MLB.com, Wilson is expected to make it to the Majors in 2022.