In terms of personnel makeup, NC State's Wolfpack will go into the 2014 season pretty much where Clemson's Tigers were a couple of years ago - disproportionately invested in its youngest players.
By Coach Dave Doeren's count, 71 percent of the Wolfpack roster is comprised of freshmen and sophomores.
It shouldn't be much of a surprise, then, that several first-semester players stepped up and contributed in significant roles during spring practice.
The Wolfpack had nine early-enrolling freshmen on the field during the spring - seven scholarship players, a long-snapper and a walk-on linebacker, Ty Linder, who is a former UNC commitment who played pro baseball for the past four years.
Putting himself in line for a starting role was wide receiver Bo Hines of Charlotte, N.C., who came out of spring with rave reviews from Doeren, who tabbed him as the Wolfpack's most consistent wideout.
Others who worked their way onto the two-deep chart were safeties Kalen McCain and Germaine Pratt.
Doeren's first full class included 28 players, and earned a No. 30 national ranking from Rivals.
NC State's top-rated signees were defensive end Justin Jones of Austell, Georgia; defensive end Kentavius Street of Greenville, North Carolina; and Pratt, from High Point, North Carolina.
Doeren and his staff concentrated on rebuilding the Pack's offensive front with the addition of 6-5, 336-pound Terronne Precod of Decatur, Georgia; Will Richardson (6-7, 295) of Burlington, North Carolina; Tyler Jones (6-4, 285) of Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Tony Adams (6-1, 318) of Charlotte, North Carolina.