NC State's Thornton suspended for opener
Posted August 7, 2013
Updated August 8, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State running back Shadrach Thornton will miss the team’s season opener against Louisiana Tech following a June arrest, head coach Dave Doeren said Wednesday.
Thornton, the Wolfpack’s leading rusher from a season ago, 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 and is due in court Aug. 22.
“He won’t play the first game,” Doeren said Wednesday. “That was decided a long time ago, regardless of the outcome of the court date.”
On Monday, Doeren said that the team had been aware of the incident since June and suspended him for an undisclosed amount of time during the summer. Thornton was made available on the team’s media day Sunday and has been working out with the team since fall camp opened last week.
Thornton led the team in rushing yards in 2012 with 694 despite only starting four games. He closed the year with three consecutive 100-yard performances.
The Wolfpack have five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Tony Creecy, Thornton and three true freshmen – Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer and Dakwa Nichols.