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NC State's Thornton suspended for opener

Posted August 7, 2013
Updated August 8, 2013

— 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.”

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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.

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  • chapel hill Aug 9, 2013

    definitely do not want a AOF on your criminal history

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 9, 2013

    Nope. Why, are yours?

  • hsiflee Aug 8, 2013

    View quoted thread


    ...poor baby, are your feelings hurt?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 8, 2013

    Yes, nothing.

    And no, I don't assault anyone.

    Read the words right from his girlfriend's mouth. If you ask nicely, I will repost them for you. SHE didn't call the police. A stranger did. The police report stated there was no visible evidence of harm on her. It was an argument that got a little heated. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Read the first two posts here: http://www.wralsportsfan.com/ncsu/forum_topic/12755302

  • Go Lee County Aug 8, 2013

    for nothing????? i guess you assault women also..

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Aug 8, 2013

    Suspended for one game....... for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  • DurhamDevil Aug 8, 2013

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    That's just what they do, packfan07.

    Nice meeting you up in the mountains and talking ACC sports - see you next year.

    GO DEVILS!!!

  • Euro American Aug 8, 2013

    The NC Tate Red Whine crowd should stop the PJ whining and crying, and instead should help get him a job at the Wake Detention Center as a Guard beating down Men or Women inmates so he can stay fit while suspended. He's a bit small for a Guard, but there is an immediate opening. www.Wake.gov/jailer

  • Euro American Aug 8, 2013

    NC Tate Student Afteletes should not beat wimmens, and need to stay out of the DH Hill Porn-library. In the 80s there was a prized Pack freshman QB Percy Morman that climbed in a dorm window and raped a coed. Percy had to serve serious time on conviction as suspension, and never played a snap.

  • justabumer Aug 8, 2013

    What I think is most pathetic about all of this is that some folks are so obsessed with their support of one school that they hate everyone and everything associated with other schools. Seems to be slipping farther and farther from actual civilized behavior. It's probably just another symptom of the world taking a nosedive into the toilet.

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