18 of the 20 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below. Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was waived by the Chargers prior to Week 13.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) had his best game in weeks, posting a 106.3 QB Rating in the Chargers’ 23-20 loss to the Broncos. He completed 20 of 29 for 265 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 interception).
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 21 of 31 for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception) in Seattle’s 37-30 victory over Minnesota. Heading into Week 14, Wilson is the highest graded quarterback in the NFL according to ProFootballFocus.
Russell Wilson gave us the most cringe-worthy mic'd up in NFL history on Monday night pic.twitter.com/EGihjIloMD
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) December 3, 2019
Running Back Nyheim Hines (starter) rushed the ball 4 times for 22 yards and a touchdown, had 2 receptions for 18 yards, and returned 2 punts for an average of 16 yards in Indy’s 31-17 loss to Tennessee, playing 43% of the offensive snaps.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 1, 2019
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 51 yards, leading the Redskins in receiving in their 29-21 victory over the Panthers. He led Washington in targets, and played 84% of the offensive snaps.
Great job by Haskins stayed poised in the pocket despite the Panthers sending pressure. Gets picked up, steps up in the pocket and finds Kelvin Harmon for a first down. pic.twitter.com/xeagNBRfMm
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 1, 2019
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) continued to struggle since coming back from a knee injury, posting his 3rd straight game with a QB Rating in the 70’s. He was 25 of 40 for 319 yards and 1 touchdown (2 interceptions) in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Titans.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 5 tackles in the Bengals’ 22-6 victory over the Jets, playing 47% of the defensive snaps.
Cornerback Juston Burris (starter) had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Browns 20-13 loss to the Steelers, playing 100% of the defensive snaps.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 3 receptions for 46 yards in New England’s 28-22 loss to Houston, playing in 70% of the offensive snaps.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels (starter) had 7 carries for 32 yards and 2 receptions for 22 yards in Pittsburgh’s 20-13 win over Cleveland. He played 55% of the offensive snaps.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Pats’ 28-22 loss to the Texans.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) December 3, 2019
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 34-7 loss to Los Angeles.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Minnesota’s 37-30 loss to Seattle on Monday Night Football. Over the last three weeks, Garrett Bradbury has allowed just one pressure across 120 pass-blocking snaps.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to Denver, playing a team-high 70% of the defensive snaps.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles in the Giants’ 31-13 loss to the Packers, playing 49% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 34% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball two times for an average of 38.5 yards in Oakland’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made field goals from 41 and 26, missing one from 50 yards out in Buffalo’s 26-15 victory on Thanksgiving Day. He also missed one of his three extra point attempts.
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen played 5 Special Teams snaps in the Bears 24-20 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving.
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
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.