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January 3, 2013

Pack Pros: Regular season wrap-up

By the end of the NFL regular season, only NC State and Michigan were colleges with a pair of former quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL. Michigan boasts Chad Henne and Tom Brady, while NC State was the former home for Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers, who both threw for at least 3,000 yards and 26 scores.

State was the only school in the nation with a pair of NFL quarterbacks to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 scores in the NFL this year. Brady and Henne combined to toss for 6,911 yard, 45 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, while Wilson and Rivers combined for 6,724 yards, 52 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Wilson and the Seahawks, who also feature fromer Pack players J.R. Sweezy and Steven Hauschka in key roles, were one of five teams with a former Wolfpacker on the roster to qualify for the playoffs. The others were: Cincinnati (Manny Lawson), Denver (Nate Irving), Green Bay (Terrell Manning) and Minnesota (Audie Cole).

NFL Wolfpack players
Played at NC State
Andre Brown
New York Giants
The third-year running back broke his fibula during the 9-7 Giants' 38-10 win over the Packers on Nov. 25 ... At the time he went down, Brown had rushed for eight of the team's 14 touchdowns on the ground, and he had totaled 73 carries for 385 yards (5.3 yards per rush) ... His average yards per attempt also led the team at that time, and he had scored a rushing touchdown in five straight games, including a two-yard burst against Green Bay ... The back finished the season tied for 11th in the league for rushing touchdowns, while his average yards per carry tied for fifth in the NFL among players with at least 70 attempts.
George Bryan
Cleveland Browns
Bryan was signed to the Browns' practice squad on Dec. 19.
Audie Cole
Minnesota Vikings
Cole was not active in any of the 10-6 Vikings' final six games ... He appeared in five games on the year for Minnesota, who clinched a wild card berth and will play at Green Bay at 8 p.m. on Saturday, but he did not record any statistics in the regular season.
Jerricho Cotchery
Pittsburgh Steelers
The nine-year veteran finished the year with 17 receptions for 205 yards in 14 games, including two starts, for the 8-8 Steelers ... He finished the year with the sixth-most receiving yards on the team and recorded at least two catches in each of the last three games.
T.J. Graham
Buffalo Bills
The rookie played in 15 games with 11 starts, and finished with 31 receptions for 322 yards and a touchdown ... He also rushed once for five yards ... Graham tallied one catch for five yards in the season finale, a 28-9 win over the Jets, and became the first Bills' rookie to ever notch a catch in 15 consecutive games.
Leroy Harris
Tennessee Titans
The 6-10 Titans placed the veteran guard on injured reserve with a partially torn ACL on Nov. 7 ... Harris, who started the first eight games of the year, was injured on the opening drive of a 19-13 overtime loss to the Colts on Oct. 28.
Steven Hauschka
Seattle Seahawks
The fifth-year kicker finished the year with a career-best 88.9 field goal percentage and 118 points scored ... Hauschka finished 24-of-27 on field goals with a long of 52 yards and kicked off 87 times with 36 touchbacks for an average of 65.9 yards per attempt ... He eclipsed 100 points scored for the second-straight year, his second campaign as a team's full-time kicker ... His point total tied for 12th best in the league, while his field goal percentage also tied for 12th ... He was a perfect 23-of-23 on attempts from less than 50 yards ... The 11-5 Seahawks earned a wild card berth, and will play the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Nate Irving
Denver Broncos
The second-year linebacker played in 15 games for the AFC West Champion Broncos, who finished 13-3, and notched 13 tackles, a pass deflection and one blocked punt ... Denver has a first-round bye in the playoffs and then will play on Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m.
Markus Kuhn
New York Giants
The rookie tore his ACL in the 9-7 Giants' week 10 loss to the Bengals ... Kuhn played in every game this year before the injury with one start, and he tallied eight tackles with four passes defended.
Ted Larsen
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The third-year pro started at center for the 7-9 Buccaneers in each of the final nine weeks of the regular season ... Larsen played in every game this year with 11 starts - he opened four games at guard before moving to the pivot ... The Bucs allowed 26 sacks, which is tied for the third-fewest in the league, and rushed for 4.4 yards per carry, the NFL's 11th-best mark, for a total of 1,837 yards and 13 scores.
Manny Lawson
Cincinnati Bengals
The strongside linebacker appeared in every game with 10 starts for the 10-6 Bengals, who clinched a wild card berth, and finished with 39 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a pass deflection ... Lawson and Cincinnati play at Houston in the first round of the playoffs at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sean Locklear
New York Giants
The veteran lineman started games at both tackle positions for the defending Super Bowl Champions, but was placed on injured reserve following a serious knee injury, suffered in the 17-16 loss to the Redskins on Dec. 3 ... Locklear played in every game before the injury with 10 starts ... The Giants finished 9-7.
Terrell Manning
Green Bay Packers
The rookie played in five games for the NFC North Champion Packers, who finished 11-5 ... Manning notched a trio of tackles ... Green Bay hosts Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs at 8 pm. on Saturday.
Philip Rivers
San Diego Chargers
The quarterback finished the 7-9 Chargers' campaign with 3,606 yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a passer rating of 88.6 ... Rivers has completed at least 60 percent of his passes while throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 20 scores in each of his seven seasons as the starter ... In 2012, he went 338-for-527 (64.1 percent) passing ... The signal caller finished the year ranked seventh in the league for completion percentage, tied for ninth in touchdown throws, 11th in passer rating and 17th in passing yards, but he also tied for the 10th-most interceptions.
J.R. Sweezy
Seattle Seahawks
The rookie offensive guard, who played defensive tackle in college, finished the season with three starts and 13 games played for the 11-5 Seahawks, who clinched a wild card berth ... Sweezy started the season opener, and was back in the opening lineup for the final two contests of the regular season, as well ... The 'Hawks averaged 4.8 yards per rush and tallied 16 touchdowns on the ground en route to 2,579 rushing yards, the NFL's third-best ground total ... The Seahawks will play the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Stephen Tulloch
Detroit Lions
The seventh-year middle linebacker paced the 4-12 Lions with 112 total tackles, including 74 solo stops, to go along with 0.5 sacks, six pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Tulloch notched triple digit stops for the fourth-straight year and played in every game for the fifth-straight campaign ... He finished tied for 29th in the NFL for tackles.
Mario Williams
Buffalo Bills
The Bills' big free agent acquisition started every game, despite a wrist injury that required surgery during the bye week, and finished with 10.5 sacks ... The defensive end finished with 46 tackles, including 37 solo stops, to go along with four pass deflections and two forced fumbles ... Williams tied for 17th in the league for sacks.
Adrian Wilson
Arizona Cardinals
Wilson logged 15 appearances and 14 starts at strong safety for the 5-11 Cardinals ... The 12th-year veteran notched 54 tackles, including 39 solo stops, three sacks, five pass breakups, one interception, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks
The signal caller led the 11-5 Seahawks to a wildcard berth and tied Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record with 26 scoring throws ... The 'Hawks were the only team to go undefeated at home this year, while Wilson is the first rookie field general to record an 8-0 record at home in NFL history ... He also set franchise records for rushing yards by a quarterback and passer rating ... On the year, Wilson was 252-of-393 passing (64.1 percent) for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, which equaled to a quarterback rating of 100.0 ... He also rushed 94 times for 489 yards and four scores ... Wilson, the first Seattle rookie QB to lead the Seahawks to the playoffs, won the team's Steve Largent Award, becoming the first rookie to win the award that has annually been given out since 1989 to the player who best exemplifies, "the spirit, dedication and integrity" of the team; the honor is named after the Hall of Fame receiver who first won the award ... He was also named the NFL's Rookie of the Month for December, he was 5-0 on the month and notched a passer rating of 115.2, the best in the league for the month ... He notched his fourth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in the season finale victory over the Rams ... Wilson finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL for passer rating and yards per attempt (7.93), eighth in completion percentage, tied for ninth in passing scores and 23rd in passing yards ... His touchdown responsibility of 30 ranked seventh in the league and led all rookies ... Wilson and fellow first-year quarterback Robert Griffin, III, are the only two rookies in NFL history to finish their debuts with a passer rating of at least 100.0. ... Pro Football Talk named Wilson their Offensive Rookie of the Year ... The Seahawks will play the Redskins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Willie Young
Detroit Lions
The third-year pro finished the season with 11 tackles and a pass breakup in 16 games played for the 4-12 Lions.

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