13 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) started his first NFL game, completing 16 of 30 for 167 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in Cincinnati’s 49-13 loss to Baltimore. He also rushed the ball 5 times for 22 yards.
Save that 🏈
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 10, 2019
Ryan Finley News Conference | Week 10 vs. Baltimore https://t.co/PN81o7YAsL
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 10, 2019
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) started his second career game, playing 49% of the defensive snaps. He had 4 tackles the Bengals’ 49-13 loss to the Ravens.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 30-27 loss to Tampa Bay. Sweezy ranks 8th in the NFL amongst Offensive Guards in Pass Block Win Rate.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) led the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the undefeated 49ers in overtime. He was 23 of 34 for 232 yards and a touchdown (1 interception). Wilson also rushed the ball 6 times for 53 yards.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had the worst game of the season, completing 17 of 31 for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 3 interceptions in the Chargers 26-24 loss to the Raiders. His QB Rating was 57.5 on the day.
I love Philip, but this pursuit angle after one of his interceptions is priceless.
Philip Rivers with the legendary pursuit here pic.twitter.com/PECSQHdQH9
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) November 8, 2019
Also, turning the ball over has been something Rivers has done more often than he’d like over the past couple of years.
Just saw this stat on the FOX broadcast…
Most giveaways since 2015:
1) Jameis Winston: 93
2) Philip Rivers: 77
3) Blake Bortles: 76
4) Eli Manning: 74
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 10, 2019
Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 3 times for 14 yards, and had 4 receptions for 30 yards (7 targets) in the Colts’ 16-12 loss to the Dolphins. Hines played in 43% of the offensive snaps.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) started for the 2nd straight week for the injured James Conner, rushing 14 times for 29 yards, and 3 receptions for 11 yards (7 targets) in the Steelers’ 17-12 victory over the Rams. He played in 55% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) started for the third straight week, but only played in 18% of the defensive snaps for the Browns in their 19-16 victory over the Bills.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 34-27 loss to the Jets. He played 28% of the defensive snaps.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 4 times for an average of 42.5 yards in Oakland’s 26-24 win over Los Angeles.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played in 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 28-24 victory over Dallas.
Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen played 3 special teams snaps in the Bears’ 20-13 victory over the Lions.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka had a rough day, missing both field goal attempts (34 & 53) in the Bills’ 19-16 loss to the Browns.
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (shoulder)
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee)
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (Patriots)
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (Patriots)
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (Redskins)
Offensive Lineman Will Richardson (Jaguars)
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.