What to Expect New Format, PACKBALL Championship & Exciting New Broadcast for the Kay Yow Spring Football Game

With 18 returning starters - including 11 returning senior starters - the 2017 Wolfpack football squad is one of the most experienced in school history. Because all of his returning starters have significant game action under their belts, head coach Dave Doeren has the luxury of using this year’s Kay Yow Spring Football game to actually show Wolfpack Nation how the team competes daily during practice.

The Spring game will be played at "THUD" tempo

Instead of dividing into teams, the offense (Red Team) will go up against the defense (White Team) and each quarter will feature a different game situation. The scrimmage will be at THUD tempo - there will be contact but no tackling to the ground.

“I think it will be exciting for our fans to see how we normally practice as we prepare for the season,” said Doeren. “Our guys have so much experience that we are able to use this as a real teaching practice this year in front of a crowd and with officials.”

The format of the game will be as follows:

First Quarter: Opening Drive

In the first quarter, the first, second and third teams will compete against each other in a series of scripted plays.

Second Quarter: Situational Scrimmage

The team will scrimmage in “sudden change” mode, simulating action following a turnover or a big momentum play on special teams. At the end of the second quarter, the situation will change to a two-minute offense before the half.

Third Quarter: Red Zone

The offense will start inside the red-zone.

Fourth Quarter: LIVE

The second and third teams will finish the day with a live scrimmage.

The offense will score points as it would in a regular game, while the defense will be awarded 3 points for forcing a 3-and-out, 5 points for a takeway and 7 points for a defensive touchdown.

PACKBALL Championship

One of the most highly-anticipated parts of the game (at least from the team’s standpoint) will be the PACKBALL Special Teams Competition, which will be held at the beginning of each of the first three quarters.

Prior to spring practice, the coaching staff took every player who could potentially play on special teams and divided them into four groups. Team captains was chosen for each and the teams were named after the captain’s high school team.

  • Dexter Wright’s Warriors (Hunt High School) were led by Coach Aaron Henry
  • Nick Lacy’s Patriots (Pinecrest High School) were led by Coach George McDonald
  • Brady Bodine’s Devil Pups (Camp Lejeune High School) were led by Coach Des Kitchings
  • Riley Nicholson’s Kowboys (Osceola High School) were led by Coach George Barlow.

Throughout spring practice, the teams competed in special teams drills and afterwards, the coaches scored the competition after watching film. At the halfway point, the coaches conducted a trade, which helped Lacy’s Patriots move from last place to second place. Bodine’s Devil Pups enter the spring game with the highest score.

On Saturday, the Patriots will square off with the Devil Pups to determine the PACKBALL champion. The winning team will be determined after the coaches grade the film and will be treated to dinner at special teams coordinator Eddie Faulkner’s house.

“These drills simulate ‘moment of truth’ game situations,” said Faulkner. “Special teams is all about one-on-one matchups, so these drills test the techniques that we learn every day in practice.”

Although the team champion will be determined on Saturday, individual PACKBALL awards were given out earlier this week. The All-Combative Team was made up of the players who compiled the most points and included: S Dexter Wright, LB Germaine Pratt, WR Steph Louis, CB Nick Lacy and RB Brady Bodine. The PACKBALL MVP Award for the highest point total on the top team was Pratt and Des Kitchings was named PACKBALL Coach of the Year.

ACC NETWORK EXTRA BROADCAST

Along with the new format, the Kay Yow Spring Game will be televised in a unique way as well.

Andrew Sanders, former Wolfpack safety Brandon Bishop and former NC State cheerleader Taylor Cunningham will call the event from a set inside the lower bowl of Carter-Finley.

The broadcast will feature sideline interviews with current coaches, and visits to the set from past, present and future Pack Pros, including seven-time Pro Bowl selection Torry Holt, Super Bowl LI Champion Joe Thuney and projected high-round draft pick Josh Jones.

Super Bowl Champion Joe Thuney, 7-time Pro Bowler Torry Holt, and projected high-round NFL pick Josh Jones will be among the special guests on the broadcast.

The show will also include various features on the Wolfpack football program.

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