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NC State tweaking spring game format in 2017

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That’s a good sign in this case.

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NC State’s spring games have been pretty standard exhibition contests during Dave Doeren’s tenure in Raleigh, but that will change a bit this year. Doeren was on the David Glenn Show on Tuesday to discuss Saturday’s game and mentioned that the fourth quarter will be a freshman-only scrimmage.

The Double Deezy hasn’t had this luxury in the past, but this season he has an experienced roster that is settled at most positions, so there’s not much reason to run those guys for four quarters. Letting the freshmen scrimmage for a quarter should be beneficial for the program down the road, and who knows, maybe it will help someone emerge as a contributor this fall.

It’s nice to kinda be able to relax like this about your roster. Doeren knows what the veterans on the roster can do and he knows they’ll be good, so he might as well let the freshmen get as many reps as we can.

Man, is this how elite programs feel all the time? I could get used to it.