20 of the 22 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 16 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Running Back Nyheim Hines rushed the ball 1 time for 4 yards and had 1 reception for 2 yards in the Colts’ 38-6 victory over the Panthers, but it was his 195 punt return yards that earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, returning 2 for touchdowns. Hines played 17% of the offensive snaps.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) had a boot on Sunday, punting the ball 5 times for an average of 51.8 yards in Oakland’s 24-17 victory over Los Angeles.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 11 tackles in the Bengals’ 35-38 loss to the Dolphins, marking the second game in a row with double-digit tackles. Pratt played 70% of the defensive snaps.
Per NFL Next Gen, Bengals rookie Germaine Pratt is seventh among LBs with a run tackle rate of 22.9 percent (minimum of 100 snaps). pic.twitter.com/1Izgo0vkmz
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 20, 2019
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon had 5 receptions for 58 yards, and completed 1 pass for 11 yards in Washington’s
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen saw the field more than any other game this season, playing 70% of the offensive snaps in the Bears’ 26-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) was 27 of 39 for 279 yards in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Raiders.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 16 of 31 for 169 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 27-13 loss to Arizona.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles (2 tackles for loss), 1 sack and 1 QB Hit in the Giants’ 41-35 victory over the Redskins, playing 24% of the defensive snaps.
Defensive End Kentavius Street had 3 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the 49ers’ 34-31 win over the Rams, playing 27% of the defensive snaps.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to the Raiders.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels rushed the ball 3 times for 7 yards, and had 4 receptions for 32 yards in Pittsburgh’s 16-10 loss to New York, playing 63% of the offensive snaps.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had 3 receptions for 25 yards (3 targets) in the Patriots’ 24-17 victory over the Bills, playing inn 19% of the offensive snaps.
The Jakobi Meyers Hype Train had a rough week or two but I'm happy to report we're up and running again pic.twitter.com/ZXuniAWjlE
— Dave Latham (@DLPatsThoughts) December 22, 2019
Defensive Back Juston Burris had 3 tackles in the Browns’ 31-15 loss to the Ravens, playing a team high 63% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Patriots’ 24-17 victory over the Bills.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in the Vikings’ 23-10 loss to the Packers.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played 94% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 27-13 victory over Seattle.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) had his second worst QB Rating of the year in the Colts’ 38-6 victory over the Paneers, posting a rating of 63.7. He was 14-27 for 119 yards.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) connected on his only field goal attempt of the day from 35 yards, and made both extra points in Buffalo’s 24-17 loss to New England.
Cornerback Dontae Johnson played 24 special teams snaps in San Francisco’s 34-31 victory over Los Angeles.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 2 special teams snaps in the Jags’ 24-12 loss to the Falcons.
Quarterback Ryan Finley (Bengals)
Quarterback Mike Glennon (Raiders)
Linebacker Bradley Chubb (Broncos) – 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.