19 of the 22 former NC State players on active NFL rosters saw action in Week 17 of the 2019 NFL season. Check out a breakdown of how they did below.
Quarterback Philip Rivers (starter) was 31 of 46 for 289 yards with 2 touchdowns (2 interceptions) in the Chargers’ 31-21 loss to the Chiefs, in what was likely his final game with the Bolts. His QB Rating was 80.1.
"I ain’t quitting. … I couldn't have tried any harder."
Philip Rivers showing his heart.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2019
Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 25 of 40 for 233 yards and a touchdown, for a QB Rating of 95.1 in Seattle’s 26-21 loss to San Francisco.
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (starter) had 5 tackles (1 for loss) in the Bengals’ 33-23 victory over the Browns, playing in 67% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 7 rushes for 34 yards, 3 receptions for 22 yards, 2 punt returns for an average of 20 yards (18 long) and 1 kickoff return for 24 yards in the Colts’ 38-20 loss to the Jags. He played in 55% of the offensive snaps.
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon (starter) had 3 receptions for 33 yards in the Redskins’ 47-16 loss to the Cowboys, paying in 90% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive Back Juston Burris had 2 tackles and 2 pass deflections in Cleveland’s 33-23 loss to Cincinnati, playing in 33% of the defensive snaps.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in New England’s 27-24 loss to Miami.
Joe Thuney, 2019:
• 1,140 snaps (2nd among guards)
• 11 hurries allowed (t-2nd)
• 1 sack allowed
• 0 penalties
Only Marshal Yanda and Joe Thuney played 1,000+ snaps without a single penalty.
— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) December 30, 2019
Offensive Guard Ted Larsen (starter) played 100% of the offensive snaps in Chicago’s 21-19 victory over Minnesota.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) struggled in the Colts’ season finale, completing 12 of 15 for 162 yards for a QB Rating of 69.1 in the 38-20 loss.
Defensive End B.J. Hill had 2 tackles and 1 QB Hit in the Giants’ 34-17 loss to the Eagles, playing in 18% of the defensive snaps.
Place Kicker Stephen Hauschka (starter) made both field goal attempts (28 & 29) in the Bills’ 13-6 loss to the Jets.
Offensive Guard J.R. Sweezy (starter) played in 87% of the offensive snaps in Arizona’s 31-24 loss to Los Angeles.
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson played 55% of the offensive snaps in Jacksonville’s 38-20 victory over Indy.
Center Garrett Bradbury (starter) started for the Vikings in their 21-19 loss to the Bears, but only played 37% of the snaps, because he was taken out of the game to rest because Minnesota entered the game with the #6 spot in the playoffs locked up.
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 1 tackle in Los Angeles’ 31-21 loss to Kansas City, playing 76% of the defensive snaps.
Running Back Jaylen Samuels had 1 reception for 16 yards in the Steelers’ 28-10 loss to the Ravens, playing in 40% of the offensive snaps.
Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 3 times for an average of 41.3 yards in Oakland’s 16-15 loss to the Broncos.
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers didn’t record any stats in the Pats’ 27-24 loss to the Dolphins, playing in 11% of the offensive snaps.
Defensive End Kentavius Street didn’t record any stats in the Niners’ 26-21 victory over the Seahawks, playing in 11% of the defensive snaps.
Cornerback Dontae Johnson
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.