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December 31, 2013

Pack Pros: Regular season wrap-up







NFL Wolfpack players
Player
Position
Team
Played at NC State
David Amerson
CB
Washington Redskins
2010-12
The rookie started eight games for the 3-13 Redskins and played in all of them ... He recorded two tackles and broke up a pair of passes in the 20-6 loss to the Giants that ended the season ... Amerson totaled 48 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 45 yards for a score, with a total of 10 passes defended, and he has also forced a fumble in his first professional campaign.
Brandan Bishop
S
Minnesota Vikings
2009-12
The undrafted rookie is on the 5-10-1 Vikings' practice squad.
Andre Brown
RB
New York Giants
2005-08
Brown started all eight games he played in after returning from a broken leg suffered in the preseason finale ... He rushed 13 times for 11 yards in the 7-9 Giants' 20-6 win over the Redskins ... He totaled a career-best 492 rushing yards on 139 carries (3.5 average) ... The fifth-year rusher has totaled three rushing touchdowns and also hauled in 20 passes, another career-best, for 103 yards ... He lead his squad in rushing and ranked 19th in the NFL among qualified runners with an average of 61.5 yards per game on the ground.
Audie Cole
LB
Minnesota Vikings
2008-11
The second-year linebacker started five of the last six games for the 5-10-1 Vikings, but missed the season finale with an injury ... Cole played sparingly in the first 10 games, when he totaled just three tackles, but he recorded 42 stops, one sack and a defended pass in the contests he started - and he did not record any stats in the game where he was injured ... He logged action in 13 games on the year and finished with 45 stops, one sack and a broken up pass.
Jerricho Cotchery
WR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2000-03
The veteran enjoyed his finest campaign since 2009 and played in every game for the 8-8 Steelers with six starts ... Cotchery hauled in three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-7 victory over the Browns ... That gives him 46 receptions on the year for 602 yards and 10 touchdowns ... He finished the year leading his squad in touchdowns and he ranked third in receiving yards ... Cotchery tied for 10th in the league for receiving touchdowns, and he tied for 17th in overall scores.
Mike Glennon
QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2011-12
The rookie field and the 4-12 Buccaneers fell to the Saints in the season finale, 42-17 ... Glennon went 22-of-41 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception ... In 13 starts, the quarterback compiled a record of 4-9 and completed 59.4 percent of his attempts (247-416) for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions ... He recorded a passer rating of 83.9, which ranked 21st in the NFL, and he tied for 18th in passing touchdowns ... He leads all rookie passers in completion percentage, touchdown throws and quarterback rating ... Glennon's streak of recording a touchdown pass in each of his first eight career starts was an NFL rookie record, while his eight multi-touchdown pass games tied the NFL rookie standard.
T.J. Graham
WR
Buffalo Bills
2008-11
Graham started in the 6-10 Bills' 34-20 loss to the Patriots, and he hauled in three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown ... On the year, he has played in every game with six starts and totaled 23 catches for 361 yards and two touchdowns; he has also rushed four times for 14 yards.
Leroy Harris
OL
Detroit Lions
2003-06
The veteran interior lineman made his season debut as a reserve for the 7-9 Lions in their 14-13 loss to the Vikings.
Steven Hauschka
K
Seattle Seahawks
2007
Hauschka converted on a pair of field goals and made three extra points in the 13-3 Seahawks' 27-9 win over the Rams ... The kicker finished the year with several career-highs, including made field goals (33), field goals attempted (35), field goal percentage (94.3) and extra points made (44), while he made every PAT for the third time in his career ... He also set a career-high with 143 points scored, which ranked fourth in the NFL ... He ranked second in the league for field goal percentage and tied for fifth in made field goals ... He was 14-of-15 on attempts from 40 yards or more.
Nate Irving
LB
Denver Broncos
2007-10
The third-year linebacker started in the 13-3 Broncos' 34-14 win over the Raiders and recorded three tackles with a sack ... Irving has played in 15 games with four starts and totaled 41 stops with a sack and one defended pass ... The backup linebacker is expected to play a big role for the Broncos in the playoffs following the loss of Pro Bowl starter Von Miller, who tore his ACL last week against the Texans.
Markus Kuhn
DT
New York Giants
2007-11
Kuhn logged action in the 7-9 Giants' 20-6 win over the Redskins, but did not record any statistics ... He has one tackle in his five appearances since returning from the injury that ended his rookie campaign.
Ted Larsen
OL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2006-09
Larsen started in the 4-12 Buccaneers' season finale, a 42-17 loss to the Saints ... He played in every contest with four starts this year.
Manny Lawson
LB
Buffalo Bills
2002-05
The eighth-year veteran set a career-best with 73 stops in his first year with the 6-10 Bills ... He also tallied 4.0 sacks on the year, which marked his highest season total since setting a career-high with 6.5 in 2009 ... In the season finale, a 34-20 loss to the Patriots, Lawson notched six tackles and an interception ... He ranked fourth on the team in tackles, while his 52 solo stops ranked second on the squad ... Lawson started all 15 games he appeared in and also forced a fumble.
Sean Locklear
OL
Atlanta Falcons
2000-03
The veteran lineman was signed to the 4-12 Falcons' roster on Nov. 13, but did not see any action for the team.
Terrell Manning
LB
San Diego Chargers
2009-11
Manning is on the 9-7 Chargers' practice squad ... He has played in one game for the team, but did not record any statistics.
Tobais Palmer
WR
San Diego Chargers
2011-12
Palmer is on the 9-7 Chargers' practice squad ... He played in one game for the Jaguars earlier this year, but did not record any statistics.
Philip Rivers
QB
San Diego Chargers
2000-03
Rivers went 22-of-33 passing for 229 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the 9-7 Chargers' 27-24 win over the Chiefs, which sent the squad to the playoffs with a wild card berth ... That marked Rivers' third performance in the last four weeks with a passer rating of at least 100; he finished the game with a mark of 104.2 ... The field general has completed a career-best 69.5 percent of his attempts (378-544) for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns against 11 interceptions ... He notched a passer rating of 105.5 on the year, which tied a career-high, set in 2008 ... It marked the quarterback's first 4,000-yard passing campaign since 2011 and the fifth of his career ... Rivers led the league in completion percentage, ranked fourth in touchdown throws and passer rating, and finished fifth in passing yards ... He surpassed both 30,000 passing yards and 200 touchdowns in his career this season and was elected to his fifth Pro Bowl ... He and Russell Wilson are the first quarterbacks from the same school to be elected to the same Pro Bowl since 1996, when former UCLA quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Bono played in the game ... Michigan boasted a pair of signal callers in the 2001 contest, but Elvis Grbac was the injury replacement for fellow Michigan alum Brian Griese.
J.R. Sweezy
OG
Seattle Seahawks
2009-11
The 13-3 Seahawks' starting right guard returned to the starting lineup in his team's 27-9 win over the Rams after he missed the previous week's game ... Sweezy has started in all 15 contests he has logged action in, and he helped Seattle finish the year fourth in the league for rushing offense with 2,188 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Stephen Tulloch
LB
Detroit Lions
2003-05
The veteran middle linebacker recorded 12 tackles in the 7-9 Lions' 14-13 loss to the Vikings ... Tulloch started every game this season and totaled 135 tackles, which led his team and tied for eighth in the league ... That marked his highest tackle total since a career-best 160 in 2010, and he also notched a team-best 93 solo stops, which ranked 10th in the NFL ... In addition to his fifth-straight 100-tackle campaign, the star defender also tallied a career-best 3.5 sacks, to go along with two pass breakups and an interception.
Mario Williams
DE
Buffalo Bills
2003-05
Williams recorded four tackles in the 6-10 Bills' 34-20 loss to the Patriots ... The star defensive end finished the year with 38 stops, including four pass deflections, a forced fumble and 13.0 sacks, which ranked fourth in the league ... Williams was elected to his third Pro Bowl this year.
Adrian Wilson
S
New England Patriots
1998-2000
The veteran safety was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31, but no further information about his injury was given.
C.J. Wilson
CB
Chicago Bears
2009-12
The undrafted rookie has appeared in a pair of games for the 8-8 Bears and totaled one tackle ... He is currently on the team's practice squad.
Russell Wilson
QB
Seattle Seahawks
2008-10
Wilson led the 13-3 Seahawks to a 27-9 win over the Rams after he completed 15 of 23 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 102.1 ... The second-year field general completed 63.1 percent of his attempts this year (257-407) for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions ... He recorded a passer rating of 101.2 to set a career-high and also rushed 96 times for 539 yards (5.6 average) and a score ... Wilson ranked fourth in the NFL for passing yards per attempt (8.25), seventh in passer rating, tied for ninth in touchdown throws and 16th in passing yards ... He was elected to his second-straight Pro Bowl and now has a 24-8 mark as the starter, which breaks the previous record for most wins in a signal callers' first two years in the league since the AFL-NFL merger ... Wilson also has surpassed 50 career touchdown throws; he is just the third quarterback to reach that mark in his first two seasons, joining Dan Marino and Peyton Manning ... He and Philip Rivers are the first quarterbacks from the same school to be elected to the same Pro Bowl since 1996, when former UCLA quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Bono played in the game ... Michigan boasted a pair of signal callers in the 2001 contest, but Elvis Grbac was the injury replacement for fellow Michigan alum Brian Griese.
Earl Wolff
S
Philadelphia Eagles
2009-12
Since the 10-6 Eagles already had a playoff spot secured, they rested several of their players, including the fifth-round draftee Wolff ... The rookie safety has started six times and played in 11 games, while he has recorded 45 tackles with an interception and five passes defended.
Willie Young
DE
Detroit Lions
2006-09
Young, who had never started an NFL game before this year, was in the opening lineup 15 times and played in every contest for the 7-9 Lions ... He logged a tackle and a pass deflection in his team's 14-13 loss to the Vikings ... On the year, he has totaled a career-best 47 tackles, to go along with three sacks and five pass breakups ... The sack total ties a career-high set in 2011.




Former Wolfpack players in the NFL playoffs:
- K Steven Hauschka (Seattle Seahawks)
- LB Nate Irving (Denver Broncos)
- QB Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
- G J.R. Sweezy (Seattle Seahawks)
- QB Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
- S Earl Wolff (Philadelphia Eagles)




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