It hasn’t been a good year for former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner.
He signed an 11-year $300 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the season, with all $300 million guaranteed.
It’s his first year in Philly, and expectations were high, and he hasn’t met them.
Currently his batting average is .238. His batting average in 6.5 seasons in Washington was .300, and .307 in 1.5 years with the Dodgers. He’s projected to finish the year with 56 RBI’s…he had 100 last year in Los Angeles. He’s projected to strike out 169 times, which is almost 40 more than last year.
On Friday, Turner was surprised by the Philly fans giving him a standing ovation for no reason whatsoever.
Philly fans show love to the struggling Trea Turner. Chills pic.twitter.com/nMkEbxAEjT
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 4, 2023
The Trea Turner ovation was such a cool moment (especially live)
It’s the third time in recent memory Philly fans attempted to pick up a guy who was mentally struggling
They say it’s tough to play here, but there’s no place that loves their athletes more pic.twitter.com/JoGtMN4nDV
— A (@aidan_34_powers) August 5, 2023
The next night, Turner gave the Philly Faithful something to cheer about.
— John Foley (@2008Philz) August 6, 2023
How Trea Turner's 3-run bomb sounded on Royals TV pic.twitter.com/28ZHkCu6ed
— Nick Piccone (@_piccone) August 6, 2023
Lol this is straight out of a movie…
A game after getting a standing ovation from the home crowd after a season of struggles, Trea Turner hits the go-ahead 3 run bomb. What a scene.
Nobody does it like Philly pic.twitter.com/fPwCAuT2IH
— Josh Reynolds (@JoshReynolds24) August 6, 2023
That same evening he almost went deep again, giving the crowd even more to cheer about.
Watch out everyone… Trea Turner is BACK pic.twitter.com/C9xDb4q5lZ
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 6, 2023
Turner, blown away by the support, took over billboards across the city with the following message.
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 6, 2023
This has turned into one of the coolest stories in baseball this season.
Trea Turner bought Billboards to thank Philly fans for their standing ovations to him throughout his struggles.
Incredible all around. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/NCCHAFcJbe
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) August 7, 2023
“I feel like when you’re younger, you don’t think about things like that,” Turner said. “You’re just kind of living the dream or trying to play baseball and whatnot. As you get older, you start to see what’s important. I’d never done anything to that magnitude.” (ESPN)
Classy move by Philly, and classy move by Turner.
Atlanta Hawks Sign Jarkel Joiner to Training Camp Roster
Yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks announced that they have signed former NC State Point Guard Jarkel Joiner to their Training Camp Roster.
Joiner went undrafted earlier this year, just like his buddy Terquavion Smith. Smith went on to sign a 2-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Joiner played for the Hawks Summer League team, and it looks like Atlanta has liked what they have seen.
I’m sure the likelihood of Joiner making the final roster is low, but he now puts himself in a position where a 2-way contract is a possibility, and so is being added to the College Park Skyhawks, the Hawks G-League team.
Last season Joiner earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors playing for the Wolfpack.
Detroit Calls Up Zonovan Knight from the Practice Squad to the 53-Man Roster
Former NC State Running Back Zonovan Knight has been called up from the Practice Squad to join the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster.
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Knight is being called up because the status of Detroit’s starting Running Back David Montgomery is unknown, after suffering a thigh bruise in last weeks game.
Last year, Knight had 85 carries for 300 yards, scoring one touchdown in 7 games, after being called up from the Jets’ Practice Squad.
NC State has 27th Most Players on NFL Rosters Entering Week 1 of 2023 NFL Season
Dave Doeren’s ability to send players from NC State to the NFL during his tenure has been truly impressive. There are 18 former Wolfpack players on NFL 53-man rosters heading into Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season.
Players on active NFL rosters
Ohio St 48
Notre Dame, Penn St 34
USC, Washington 27
Ole Miss, Texas A&M 23
South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin 21
Pitt, TCU 19
Cincinnati, NC State, Virginia Tech 18
Florida St, Illinois, Michigan St, North Carolina 16
Arkansas, BYU, Maryland, Mississippi St, Nebraska, Utah 15
Houston, Minnesota, Oklahoma St 14
Baylor, Boston College, Missouri, Purdue 13
Cal, Kansas State, Northwestern, UCF, Wake Forest 12
Iowa State, Memphis, San Diego St 11
Boise St, Duke, Louisville, Oregon St 10
17 of the 18 former NC State players on NFL rosters played under Doeren. It’s noteworthy which teams NC State is ahead of in these rankings. There are more former Wolfpack players on NFL rosters right now than players from UNC and Florida State.
Which PackPros Have the Chance to Make NC State History in the NFL in ’23?
Below, we will look at which former NC State football players have a chance to move up in the school record books in the 2023 NFL season.
Russell Wilson could catch Phillip Rivers on two possible categories in 2023. If he records one more game winning drive, he will pass Rivers for the most by a former NC State Quarterback in the NFL. If he leads Denver to three 4th quarter comebacks, he will pass Rivers in that category as well.
If Wilson rushes for 4 touchdowns, which he has only done twice in his career (both times were with his first three years in the NFL), he will tie Roman Gabriel for the 3rd most rushing touchdowns by a former NC State player in the NFL.
If Jakobi Meyers has 60 receptions, which he has done in the past 2 seasons, he will pass Koren Robinson, moving into 5th place. It’s also pretty much a guarantee that he will pass Ted Brown in career receiving yards, moving into 6th place in school history. If Meyers picks up 2 touchdown receptions, he moves into 9th. If he snags 5, he moves into 8th.
If Linebacker Germaine Pratt matched his 99 tackles from last year, he would pass Mario Williams, Jesse Campbell and Ray Agnew, moving into 7th place.
It seems very likely that Linebacker Bradley Chubb will finish the year with at least 4 sacks, which would move him past Darwin Walker and Willie Young, giving him sole possession of 3rd place in NC State history.