The Wolfpacker

July 2013 Football Preview

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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■ pack pros: NFL Update Former Wolfpackers In The NFL As a rookie, Russell Wilson completed 64.1 percent of his throws for 3,118 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and he also rushed for 489 yards and four scores. Photo courtesy seattle seahawks Top Five Seasons In 2012 The former Wolfpack standouts with the best NFL seasons last fall: 1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks The rookie Pro Bowler led his squad to an 11-5 mark during the regular season and an appearance in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. Wilson was the starter from week one, but really came on strong in the week six game against New England, a 24-23 win for the Seahawks. Through five games, Wilson averaged 163.0 passing yards and totaled five touchdowns with six interceptions. Over the final 11 regular-season games, Wilson averaged 209.3 passing yards per contest with a total of 21 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He was the NFL's highest-rated passer in the second half of the season with a 120.3 rating and posted the highest touchdowninterception differential (plus-16) ever for a first-year QB. Wilson tied Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown throws, and Wilson and Robert Griffin III became the first rookie quarterbacks to ever record a passer rating of 100.0 or better.Wilson, Griffin and fellow rookie Andrew Luck were all selected to the Pro Bowl in one of the best groups of passers that a single draft has ever produced — only six rookies had been selected to Name Pos. Years In NFL Current Team David Amerson CB R Washington Redskins Drafted 51st overall with the 19th pick of the second round. Andre Brown RB 3 New York Giants Led his team with eight rushing touchdowns and a yards per carry average of 5.3. Rushed for 385 yards, which ranked second on the team, before his season ended with a broken fibula after 10 appearances and two starts. Audie Cole LB 1 Minnesota Vikings Played in five regular-season games, and also appeared in the Vikings' loss to Green Bay in the wild card round of the playoffs, but didn't record any statistics. Jerricho Cotchery WR 9 Pittsburgh Steelers Hauled in 17 passes for 205 yards, which ranked sixth on the team, while logging time in 14 games with two starts. Mike Glennon QB R Tampa Bay Buccaneers Selected with the 11th pick of the third round, 73rd overall. T.J. Graham WR 1 Buffalo Bills Saw action in 15 games with 11 starts, pulling in 31 passes for 322 yards and a score. He ranked fifth on the team in receiving and became the first rookie in club history to record a reception in 15 straight games. Leroy Harris OL 6 Detroit Lions The right guard's streak of 39 straight starts for the Tennessee Titans ended in week eight after he suffered a partially torn ACL. Steven Hauschka K 5 Seattle Seahawks Set career highs with a field goal accuracy of 88.9 percent (24 of 27) and 118 points scored. He tied for 12th in the league in both points scored and field goal percentage, and he eclipsed 100 points for the second straight year. Nate Irving LB 2 Denver Broncos The reserve linebacker played in 15 games and tallied 13 stops with one pass broken up and a blocked punt.Tied for team lead with 10 special teams tackles. Markus Kuhn DT 1 New York Giants Before his season ended with a torn ACL, he played in 10 games with one start and tallied eight tackles with four passes broken up. Ted Larsen OL 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Played in every game for the second consecutive year while starting a career-best 13 times, including nine contests at center and four at guard. Tampa Bay allowed just 26 sacks, which tied for the third fewest in the league. Manny Lawson LB 7 Buffalo Bills Saw action in all 16 games and started 10 times for the Bengals, who earned a wild card playoff berth. Lawson finished with 39 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. LB 1 Green Bay Packers Terrell Manning The rookie played in five games for the NFL North champion Packers. He notched three tackles in the regular season and added three more in the playoffs. Philip Rivers QB 9 San Diego Chargers Finished the 2012 campaign with 3,606 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a passer rating of 88.6. J.R. Sweezy G 1 Seattle Seahawks The collegiate defensive tackle started the Seahawks' season opener, final two regular-season games and both playoff contests, while seeing action in 13 games overall.The Seahawks averaged 4.8 yards per rush and racked up 16 touchdowns and 2,579 yards — the NFL's third-best rushing total — on the ground. Stephen Tulloch LB 7 Detroit Lions Paced the Lions with 112 tackles (74 solo), 0.5 sacks, six passes broken up and a forced fumble. Mario Williams DE 7 Buffalo Bills Notched 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, four passes defended and a pair of forced fumbles. Adrian Wilson S 12 New England Patriots Played in 15 games with 14 starts in Arizona, and recorded 54 tackles, three sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, five passes broken up and a blocked kick. Russell Wilson QB 1 Seattle Seahawks Was elected to the Pro Bowl after he led his team to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs and tied Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record with 26 scoring throws. Also led all rookies in touchdown responsibility (30) and was one of just two first-year quarterbacks to ever record a passer rating of at least 100.0. Earl Wolff S R Philadelphia Eagles Was drafted with the third pick of the fifth round, 136th overall. Willie Young DE 2 Detroit Lions The end played in a career-best 16 games and logged 11 tackles with a pass deflection. * Undrafted rookie free agents: S Brandan Bishop, Minnesota Vikings; OL R.J. Mattes, New England Patriots;WR Tobais Palmer, Jacksonville Jaguars; C Camden Wentz, Minnesota Vikings; CB C.J.Wilson, Chicago Bears 156  ■  the wolfpacker 156,158.Pack Pros.indd 156 7/1/13 3:49 PM

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