15 of the 21 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 43 yards (6 targets) in Washington’s 19-16 victory over Detroit, including this ridiculous 1-hand catch.
— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2019
It was Harmon’s 3rd consecutive start (5th of the year), playing 66% of the snaps.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) and the Seahawks beat Philly 17-9. His performance was not as stunning as usual, completing 13 of 25 for 200 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
What was stunning was Wilson’s touchdown throw on a trick play.
Don't know which is better- the fake or the throw by Russell Wilson 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 24, 2019
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 7 times for an average of 45 yards in Oakland’s 34-3 loss to the Jets.
Quarterback Mike Glennon was 4 of 7 for 20 yards in the Raiders’ 34-3 loss to New York. He fumbled the ball 3 times, losing one of them.
Defensive Back Juston Burris (starter) had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in the Browns’ 41-24 victory over the Dolphins. Burris has been a breakout player for Cleveland, playing 100% of the defensive snaps against Miami.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 2 carries for 6 yards, and 3 receptions for 26 yards in Pittsburgh’s 16-10 victory over Cincinnati. He played in 29% of the offensive snaps.
Quarterback Ryan Finley (starter) played his best game to date, completing 12 of 26 for 192 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati’s 16-10 loss to Pittsburgh. . He did fumble the ball 2 times, losing one. Finley’s QB Rating was 84.1.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had a career high 8 tackles in the Bengals’ 16-10 loss to the Steelers. He played 62% of the defensive snaps. It was the 3rd consecutive start for Pratt, and the 4th of the season.
Defensive End B.J. Hill didn’t record any stats in the Giants’ 19-14 loss to the Bears, playing 26% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 1 offensive snap, and 5 special teams snaps in Chicago’s 19-14 victory over New York.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (starter) had 4 receptions for career high 74 yards in the first start of his career. He played a career high 77% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 13-9 victory over Dallas.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 24, 2019
TB12 on Jakobi Meyers: "He's done a great job. To come in as an undrafted free agent, and make the plays he made all spring and this season, it's been so impressive. I can't say enough good things; he cares deeply about doing the right thing. You love to have teammates like that"
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 25, 2019
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 13-9 victory over the Cowboys.
The most underrated player on the #Patriots is Joe Thuney. Top five guard in football. Maybe the best pass protector at his position in the league. Never misses a snap.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) November 26, 2019
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (Cardinals)
Quarterback Philip Rivers (Chargers)
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (Charger)
Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill (Chargers)
Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings)
Offensive Guard 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.