Doeren Aware of Thornton Incident

NC State Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Annabelle Myers confirmed that head coach Dave Doeren is aware of sophomore tailback Shadrach Thornton's recent arrest.

NC State Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Annabelle Myers confirmed that head coach Dave Doeren is aware of sophomore tailback Shadrach Thornton's recent arrest.

Thornton has been charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, and he has a court date set for August 22nd.

"We were made aware of the situation in June and Shadrach was suspended immediately," Doeren said in a statement Sunday night. "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."

As a freshman, Thornton ended the regular season with three-straight 100-yard rushing games and led the Wolfpack in rushing with 694 yards, even though he started just four games and missed the first three contests of the year.

However, he had ball security issues in the spring and junior Tony Creecy was listed as the starting tailback for the Wolfpack heading into the spring game.

As of now the Wolfpack has five scholarship tailbacks on the roster in Creecy, Thornton, and true freshmen Matthew Dayes, Josh Mercer, and Dakwa Nichols.

Dayes in particular is expected to contribute as a true freshman. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder picked the Wolfpack late in the process after considering offers from Miami, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and UCF among others.

He had a huge senior season, rushing for over 1,800 yards and 30 touchdowns to lead Cypress Bay (FL) High School to the Class 8A state finals.

Thornton is currently working out with the team.

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