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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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  • NEVER apologize for being white Aug 4, 2013

    LMA OFFF!!!! I cant believe for the life of me how in the world this doesnt only happen at Carolina,and MIami, FSU, LSU BAMA, OSU, USC, And on, and on, and on.


  • iamcousinbooger Aug 4, 2013

    Enjoyed watching him play, but if he's guilty, he deserves to be punished by the court system and NC State.

    Tired of reading about athletes and the problems they're causing for the universities. Wise up or go home.

  • chivegas Aug 4, 2013

    Oh Shadrach, not a smart move, even if you are third string now.

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    Lay off the crackpipe...

  • Deacons Aug 4, 2013

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    I agree. Just shows how stupid some of these guys really are.

  • mrwufabc Aug 4, 2013

    NC State Grad here... If he is guilty, there is no place in NC State athletics for him. That's something they do over at unc-CHeat. We do not want to drop our standards and be just like our sister college down the road. We are much better than them and I do not want to be placed in the same group.

  • 903 thinks police are pigs Aug 4, 2013

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

  • StunGunn Aug 4, 2013

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    I agree. Coaches have to be more selective in the type of player they want to represent their school. And, yes, this applies to Carolina as well - I'm not slinging any mud here, as I have no place to do that. I feel the same way about PJ.

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 4, 2013

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    Laughing because someone was charged with assault of a female? Classy...

  • HappyGoAshley Aug 4, 2013

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    Whhuuttt?! In what insane, backwards world do you live in where simple weed possession/speeding is worse than hitting a female? My God

  • REDRAGERS Aug 4, 2013

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    I want to know more details. Was he drunk, under the influence of drugs, usually this is not the first time, come on packpride give me the details. Get your investigators going.
    This time IC might be doing the investigating.




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