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NC State in the NFL: Week 11 Report

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17 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels rushed the ball 5 times for 26 yards, and had 5 receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-7 loss to the Browns on Thursday Night Football.

Samuels played in 35% of the offensive snaps.

Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) had a monster performance for Cleveland in their 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh. He had 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.

Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had the biggest game of his rookie season, with career highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (53) in the Redskins 34-17 loss to the Jets. He started his second consecutive game (4th of the year), and played a career high 92% of the offensive snaps.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had a career high 6 tackles in Cincinnati’s 17-10 loss to Oakland. He also played 69% of the offensive snaps, which was a career high as well. It was his second consecutive start, and third of the year.

Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 3 times for 11 yards and a touchdown (first of 2019), and also had 3 receptions for 24 yards in the Colts’ 33-13 victory over the Jags. He also returned 2 kickoffs for an average of 22 yards. Hines played 36% of the offensive snaps.

Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) was a beast in the Bills’ 37-20 victory over the Dolphins, connecting on all 3 field goals (51, 34, 21), and all 4 extra points.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) returned to action for the Colts, completing 15 of 24 for 148 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in Indianapolis’ 33-13 victory over Jacksonville. He also rushed 2 times for 12 yards and a touchdown. Brissett’s QB Rating was a rough 76.2.

Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Pats’ 17-10 victory over the Eagles. Through 11 weeks, Thuney is the highest graded Left Guard according to ProFootballFocus.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had three tackles in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. It was his first action since Week 6 due to injury.

Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings 27-23 victory over the Broncos.

Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 96% of the offensive snaps in the Cardinals’ 36-26 loss to the 49ers.

Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) actually regressed in his second start, completing 13 of 31 for 115 yards and an interception in the Bengals’ 17-10 loss to the Raiders. He also lost a fumble. Finley did rush the ball 3 times for 47 yards.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 5 times for an average of 43.2 yards in the Raiders’ 17-10 victory over the Bengals.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 1 reception for 7 yards in New England’s 17-10 victory over Philadelphia. He played 26% of the offensive snaps.

Offensive Lineman Will Richardson played 35% of the offensive snaps in the Jags 33-13 loss to the Colts.

Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 3 special teams snaps in the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) played his worst game since Week 14 of the 2017 season, producing a QB Rating of 49.6 in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Chiefs. He was 28 of 52 for 353 yards with 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions.

Inactive

Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)

DNP

Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)

IR

Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – knee
Defensive End Kentavius Street (49ers) – knee

Bye

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Defensive End B.J. Hill (Giants)

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Justin Gainey Named Associate Head Coach at Marquette

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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.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Showing Love to Fayetteville in the Midst of Covid-19

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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.

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Andrew Knizner Enters 2020 as the #6 Prospect in the Cardinals Organization

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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.

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Will Wilson Enters 2020 as the #10 Prospect in the Giants Organization

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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.

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