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NC State RB back with team after suspension for arrest

Posted August 4, 2013
Updated August 5, 2013

— Shadrach Thornton, North Carolina State's leading rusher from a season ago, is facing a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female following a June arrest.

The sophomore, who closed last season with three consecutive 100-yard games, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. on June 6 on campus. He has a court date set for Aug. 22.

Campus police said witnesses at the D.H. Hill Library on June 5 saw Thornton grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall. 

NC State confirmed Sunday that first-year head coach Dave Doeren is aware of Thornton's arrest and an internal punishment has already been handed out.

"We were made aware of the situation in June, and Shadrach was suspended immediately," Doeren said in a statement. "We have certain standards that we want our players to live by, on and off the field, and he did not live up to those standards. He had to earn his way back into team activities."

NC State did not elaborate on the length of the suspension or what hurdles Thornton had to clear to be reinstated. Thornton is currently participating with the team and was present at the team's media day event Sunday.

Thornton amassed with 694 yards as a freshman while starting just four games. The Hinesville, Ga., native did not play in any of the team's first three games a year ago and fumble issues had him in a backup role as the Wolfpack entered their spring game this season.

The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.

Dayes, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound back, is expected to contribute in Doeren's offense this season. 

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  • chapel hill Aug 9, 10:15 p.m.

    This happened back in June, and its just getting publicity. Typical news being with held if its not tinted blue. AOF is not what you want on your criminal history.

  • rherring23 Aug 7, 12:01 a.m.

    Wasn't he signing autographs with the team. He was back with the team today. Didn't the coach... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    It amazes me that some of you can't even read an article that is written at a level that even a fifth grader could understand it. It said he was suspended immediately and has now been allowed to join the team upon completing certain requirements. Where PJ wasn't suspended after the first or even second incidence. I really hope you are not a UNC grad because if you are and that is the best you can read it really says a lot about the education you got at UNC. By your posts I would guess that you are probably about a 12 year old and not very good in school.

  • rherring23 Aug 6, 11:54 p.m.

    NC State Grad here... If he is guilty, there is no place in NC State athletics for him. That's... View More

    — Posted by mrwufabc

    This is no where near as bad as what P.J. did. I glad he was suspended rather than dismissed

    — Posted by 903 thinks police are pigs

    Whhuuttt?! In what insane, backwards world do you live in where simple weed possession/speeding... View More

    — Posted by HappyGoAshley

    Evidently in a world where they can read. No where in the article does it say he hit a female. It says he grabbed her by the arm and pushed her against a wall. Don't know the situation or how hard he grabbed or pushed her, but if he is found guilty he needs to be suspended. But unlike at UNC he was suspended immediately until he meet certain conditions, which I assume probably involved counseling. But UNC did not suspend PJ immediately and to say its backwards to compare the two may be exactly right but the other way around. PJ wasn't just caught speeding or with drugs. You seem to forget about the gun which came out of the car he was driving, even a idjut would not believe that it just appeared on the road. You also seem to be leaving out the fact of his association with a known felon. So yes, when all the facts are in, PJ may be the worst of the two.

  • Euro American Aug 6, 12:19 p.m.

    He thought she was a fumble - so he grab her.

  • Euro American Aug 6, 12:16 p.m.

    LOL at the NC Tate Sour Grape - Red Whine crybabies. I hope the young lady will be OK. Looks like Doreen has it all under control. Go Tate!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 6, 11:30 a.m.

    He grabbed his girlfriend by the arm, and pushed her up against the wall when she tried to leave the library.

    The most unbelievable part for Carolina fans is the concept of a football player being in the library. :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 6, 11:28 a.m.

    This is NOT a coverup! It's just no one cares a hoot about NCSU so why bother wasting ink or... View More

    — Posted by snapjack

    Sooooo... what does it say about UNC that the media did not report on their guy that was busted for drug paraphernalia way back in JANUARY? LOL

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 6, 11:27 a.m.

    No excuse for hitting a woman if she is attacking you leave and call the police and have her... View More

    — Posted by iron fist

    Agreed.

    Good thing he didn't hit anyone.

  • BlueDevils00 Aug 6, 11:07 a.m.

    According to Roy Williams this is a non-story and should be handled internally (Like PJ).

    No big deal, right UNC fans?

    Can't have it both ways.

    (sad).

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Aug 6, 11:03 a.m.

    Suspended from what? Lifting weights on campus? The "suspension" is laughable and nothing but a PR ruse, much like the famed "TOB" punishments that weren't really punishments at all. Thornton will not miss any practice or games, bottom line.

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