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 Russell Wilson (starter) went bananas, throwing for 378 yards (67%) and 5 touchdowns (0 interceptions) in Seattle’s 40-34 victory over Tampa Bay in overtime. He posted a QB Rating of 133.7.
Wilson has officially done what no QB has ever done through the first 9 games.
With his 5 pass TD (and 0 INT) game vs the Buccaneers today, Russell Wilson has 22 pass TD & only 1 INT on the season. @DangeRussWilson is the only player in the Super Bowl era with 22+ pass TD & 1 or fewer INT in his team's first 9 games of a season.#TBvsSEA | #Seahawks
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 4, 2019
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) set a Steelers record for receptions by a running back in a single game, snagging 13 passes for 80 yards in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory over Indy. He also had 8 rushes for 10 yards. Jay Sam played in 65% of the offensive snaps.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) went down with a sprained MCL in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers.
Jacoby Brissett injury. 2 hits on lead leg pic.twitter.com/bMbL5VD2oV
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 3, 2019
Before going down, Brissett was 4 of 5 for 59 yards. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which is a sign he might be good to go for Sunday.
Quarterback Philip Rivers was 21 of 28 for 294 yards in the Chargers’ 26-11 victory over the Packers. His QB Rating was 108.3.
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 1 reception for 6 yards (2 targets) in Washington’s 24-9 loss to Buffalo. Harmon started the 3rd game of his career, playing 50% of the snaps. He also picked up a fumble recovery.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 37-20 loss to the Ravens.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 28-25 loss to the 49ers last Thursday night.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 26-23 loss to the Chiefs.
Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started his 3rd game of the season, and his second consecutive game in the Browns’ 24-19 loss to the Broncos. He didn’t record any stats, playing in 24% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 rush for 7 yards, and 1 reception (3 targets) for 21 yards in the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Steelers. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on his only field goal attempt from 42 yards, and made all 33 extra point attempts.
Punter A.J. Cole punted the ball 2 times for an average of 48 yards in the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Lions.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played in 45% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 26-3 loss to Houston.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 1 tackle in the Giants’ 37-18 loss to the Cowboys, playing in 25% of the defensive snaps.
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill had 1 tackle, playing 20% of the defensive snaps in Los Angeles’ 26-11 victory over Green Bay.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers played in only 1 offensive snap in New England’s 37-20 loss to Baltimore. The addition of Mohamed Sanu is going to significantly cut into Jakobi’s playing time.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (Bengals)
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen (Bears)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
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.