Wolfpack fans will have a chance to take a last walk on the turf of Day Family Field on Saturday following the Kay Yow Spring Football Game. On Monday, April 20, crews will start removing thousands of yards of cubic dirt as they begin the process of building a new field without a crown.
Because Saturday will mark the last day that the field will be used for football, head coach Tom O'Brien wanted fans to be able to come down to the field for pictures, so he decided to move the postgame ‘Meet and Greet' session with the team down to the field level.
"We wanted the kids to be able to run around on the field and see the stadium from the players' and coaches' perspective," he said. "I have a feeling there might be some older ‘kids' who might want to come down as well, so the whole team will be down there following the game to meet the fans."
Breast Cancer Survivor to Participate in Coin Toss
NC State equipment manager Heidi Humphrey will represent all breast cancer survivors in attendance at Saturday's Kay Yow Spring Football game when she goes out for the ceremonial coin toss.
Humphrey, a 2002 NC State graduate, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has been in treatment ever since. The 30-year-old is an athletic equipment manager, working with the track and field, women's soccer, and cross country squads. She has worked in the athletics department since her days as a student.
Passing Game Dominant in Spring Scrimmages
The Wolfpack has put on an aerial show during the first two scrimmages of 2009 spring drills. Tom O'Brien's top two quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon, who will each lead a squad in Saturday's contest, have combined to complete 65% of their throws and gain 615 yards in the two previous workouts.
Wilson, who only saw action in the first half of last Saturday's scrimmage and will only be able to play a portion of Saturday's game due to the baseball game later in the day, was 20-28 for 277 yards and a touchdown, while Glennon was 28-46 for 338 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Tight end George Bryan was the leading receiver in scrimmages, pulling down seven grabs for 68 yards and two scores, while wideout Jay Smith and halfback Toney Baker each had six grabs (Smith for 93 yards and TD and Baker for 68 yards). Baker was also the leading rusher in the two controlled scrimmages, gaining 42 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Placekicker Josh Czajkowski was outstanding in the two workouts, hitting six of his seven field goal attempts, including a long of 52 yards. Defensively, the linebacking trio of Ray Michel, Audie Cole and Nate Irving led the way with 13, 12 and 11 tackles respectively. Irving also had 3.5 tackles for loss while Cole pulled down the only interception.
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