NC State RB Thornton receives deferred prosecution in assault case
Posted August 22, 2013
Updated August 23, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton was given a deferred prosecution ruling Thursday at his court appearance for a charge of assault on a female.
Thornton will undergo monitored counseling and could have the charges dropped upon completion. The court will check in on his counseling status every three months beginning Oct. 2.
Thornton was arrested June 6 on campus following an incident the day before. Witnesses told police that they saw the sophomore grab his girlfriend by the arm and push her against the wall in the D.H. Hill Library. He was charged with one count of assault on a female.
Thornton, the leading rusher for NC State a year ago, has been suspended for the team's season opener against Louisiana Tech by first-year head coach Dave Doeren. He has worked out with the team for the entirety of the fall practice session and was made available on the Wolfpack's media day.
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.