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Fans welcome at NC State’s mock game on Saturday night

You can get a sneak peek at the football team this weekend.

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NC State is holding a mock game/open practice at Carter-Finley Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, which is the first opportunity for fans to get a look at this year’s version of the Wolfpack.

I’m not sure what exactly a mock game will entail—maybe just some situational stuff—but hey, it’s an excuse to get out to the stadium and perhaps get some preseason tailgating reps in.

The players sound excited to finally be playing in front of decent crowds after last season and I don’t blame them. It’s weird to think that there are second-year guys who haven’t played in front of more than a few thousand home fans—normally an experience reserved for Duke players.

But that’ll change in a week’s time, and who knows, maybe there’ll be more people in the stadium for the mock game than attended any home game last fall. The excitement will be ramping up in earnest this weekend.