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Carlos Rodon moves into the SF Giants record books with last night’s 10 K performance

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Last night, Carlos Rodon was electric. He pitched 6 innings, gave up zero runs, and struck out 10. Although his bullpen blew it later in the game, taking away his chance at the win, Rodon’s performance was still the story of the night.

With those 10 strikeouts, Rodon moved over the 200 K mark for the season, putting him in some rare air.

Did you know that only 6 lefties in San Francisco Giants history have struck out 200+ in a season?

Madison Bumgarner did it 4 times. Cy Seymour did it in 1889. Rube Marquard did it in 1911. Ray Sadecki did it in 1968. Jonathan Sanchez did it in 2010. And now NC State’s own Carlos Rodon has done it in 2022.

Rodon is also working his way up the ranks to have the most K’s by a Giant in his first season with the team. He should eclipse that mark before season’s end. Oh, and he also tied the record for most K’s in a Giants debut during his first start of the season.

Carlos Rodon has finally arrived. He’s got a 2.92 ERA. He’s struck out 201 batters. He’s in the running for a Cy Young award.

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Pack Pros: NFL Week 3 Report

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This past weekend was the 3rd week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the 19 former NC State players on NFL rosters did.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett (starter) was excellent on Thursday night in the Browns 29-17 victory over the Steelers. He was 21/31 for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns, with a QB Rating of 109.6.

Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill (starter) had 4 tackles, half a sack,  a pass breakup, a forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries in the Bengals’ 27-12 victory over the Jets.

Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had 2 tackles in New Orleans’ 14-22 loss to Carolina.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 2 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB Hit in the Broncos’ 11-10 win over the 49ers.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones (starter) had 2 tackles in the Bears 23-20 win over the Texans, and one of them was his 1st sack in Chicago. He also had 2 QB Hits.

Quarterback Russell Wilson (starter) was 20/33 for 184 yards in Denver’s 11-10 victory over San Francisco. He also ran the ball 6 times for 17 yards.

Safety Josh Jones (starter) had 7 tackles in Seattle’s 23-27 loss to Atlanta.

Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (starter) caught 4 passes for 48 yards (7 targets) in the Chiefs’ 17-20 loss to the Colts.

Running Back Nyheim Hines (starter) had 5 receptions for 23 yards (6 targets), and 3 rushes for 7 yards in Indy’s 20-17 win over Kansas City.

Punter Trenton Gill (starter) punted the ball 4 times for an average of 45.5 yards (56 long), pinning one inside the 20 in Chicago’s 23-20 victory over Houston.

Punter A.J. Cole (starter) punted the ball 3 times for an average of 48 yards (58 long), pinning two inside the 20 in the Raiders’ 22-24 loss to the Titans.

Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil (starter) had 1 tackle and 1 QB Hit in Detroit’s 24-28 loss to Minnesota.

Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings), Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Tackle Ikem Ekwonu all started for their respective teams on Sunday.

INACTIVE

WR Jakobi Meyers (Patriots) – Knee
LB Germaine Pratt (Bengals) – Knee
DE James Smith-Williams (Commanders) – Abdomen
CB Nick McCloud (Giants) – Hamstring

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Dennis Smith Jr. has signed a one year deal with the Charlotte Hornets

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Former NC State All-ACC Point Guard, and ACC Freshman of the Year, Dennis Smith Jr. has signed a 1-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

The 1-year contract is not guaranteed according to Rod Boone of The Observer.

Smith is entering his 6th season in the NBA after being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After a year-and-a-half in Dallas, Smith was traded to the Knicks in a deal that brought Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavs. After a year-and-a-half in New York, he was traded to the Pistons in a trade that brought Derrick Rose to the Knicks. Last year, Smith signed a free-agent deal with Portland, playing in 37 games for the Trail Blazers (starting 4), averaging 6 points and 4 assists.

Through 5 seasons, Smith Jr. has averaged 10.7 points and 4.2 assists. His career hasn’t been what you would expect out of a lottery pick, but the young man has made $18.7 million in the process over the past 5 years.

Here’s to hoping a return to his home state will turn things around for the former Wolfpacker.

Below is a docuseries that Smith Jr. has posted on his personal YouTube channel over the summer.

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Former NC State QB Mike Glennon Worked Out for 49ers Yesterday

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Trey Lance broke his ankle on Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the season. As a result, the 49ers are looking for a 3rd Quarterback to be on their roster or practice squad.

Former NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon was one of five quarterbacks to workout for San Francisco yesterday.

Glennon recently called his first game as an ESPN college football analyst, joining the crew for the Duke vs. North Carolina A&T game on September 17th. Prior to getting his feet wet as an analyst, Glennon had expressed his desire to still play football in the NFL after not being signed by a team heading into 2022.

For the past 9 years, Glennon has been a Quarterback in the NFL, playing for 6 different teams. He has played in 40 games, and started in 31, making $31.97 million in the process.

We’re pulling for you Mike!

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Pack Pros: NFL Week 2 Report

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This past weekend was the 2nd week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the 19 former NC State players on NFL rosters did.

The Jets made an improbable comeback, defeating the Browns 31-30 in the final minute, but that doesn’t negate the solid play by Quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The former NC State QB was 22/27 for 229 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, producing a QB Rating of 98.9. He also rushed the ball 43 yards on 6 carries.

Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers had himself a day on Sunday, reeling in 9 catches (team high) for 95 yards in New England’s 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh. He was also targeted a team high 13 times. Meyers did leave the game in the final minutes with an ailing knee, which limited him some in the preseason. His status for Week 3 is unknown at this point.

Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the Bears’ 10-27 loss to the Packers.

Running Back Nyheim Hines had 4 receptions for 37 yards in the Colts’ 0-24 loss to the Jags.

Punter A.J. Cole averaged 53.7 yards per punt (3 punts) in the Raiders’ 23-29 loss to the Cardinals.

Defensive Tackle B.J. Hill had 5 tackles and a pass breakup in the Bengals 17-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 5 tackles in Cincy’s 17-20 loss to Dallas.

Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 2 receptions for 13 yards (7 targets) in Kansas City’s 27-24 win over the Chargers.

Defensive End James Smith-Williams had 1 sack and 2 QB hits in the Commanders 27-36 loss to the lions.

Safety Josh Jones had 4 tackles in Seattle’s 7-27 loss to San Francisco. Jones started the game, after coming off the bench in Week 1.

Punter Trenton Gill averaged 49.5 yards per punt (4 punts) in Chicago’s 10-27 loss to the Packers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson led the Broncos to a  16-9 victory over the Texans, but it wasn’t pretty. Wilson was 14/31 for 219 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, and a QB Rating of 66.4.

Defensive Tackle Alim McNeill had 2 tackles in Detroit’s 36-27 win over Washington.

Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had one tackle for loss in the Saints’ 10-20 loss to the Bucs.

I thought I read the box score wrong, but Linebacker Bradley Chubb didn’t record a tackle in Denver’s 16-9 win over Houston. He did have 2 QB hits.

Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings), Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Tackle Ikem Ekwonu (Panthers) all played 100% of the snaps this week in their games.

Cornerback Nick McCloud (Giants) was OUT with a hamstring injury.

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