Pack Pride Q&A: Shadrach Thornton

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State freshman tailback Shadrach Thornton talks with Pack Pride about how has performed in fall camp and his expectations for the season.

NC State freshman tailback Shadrach Thornton talks with Pack Pride about how has performed in fall camp and his expectations for the season.

What has been the biggest adjustment for you from high school to college?
The biggest adjustment has been the speed of the game. Everything else is pretty much the same. Learning the plays and pass protection... that's been another adjustment for me but everything else is the same.

On Signing Day coach O'Brien mentioned that you had special character qualities and could possibly be a captain one day for this team. Why do you think he feels like that?
I think he considers me a respectable, young man who can speak well and represent the team.

I do feel like I can be a leader in the classroom and the community.

How have you performed in the scrimmages so far?
I feel like I could have done a little better in some areas like pass blocking, but other than that, I'm trying to work hard and do what I can do to get on the field and help my team.

Obviously in high school it is about carrying the football. How soon did you realize that to get on the field you will have to make sure Mike Glennon stays upright?
Mike Glennon makes this offense go, and you've got to be able to protect him to get in the game.

The main thing is focusing on pass protection and protecting Mike Glennon.

Have you heard anything yet about if you will redshirt or not?
No, but I'm just here to play. I leave that in the hands of the coaches and trust that they will make the best decision for what's best for the team.

I want to be out there, I really do, but I leave that all to coach O'Brien.

Away from football, what has college been like for you?
Overall, it's been great. The coaches are great and make sure I'm prepared. I'm really enjoying myself.

Have you been able to go back home yet?
I haven't had a chance to get back to the house, but I call almost everyday. My mom is doing fine, and hopefully if I make the first game she'll make it over to the Georgia Dome to watch me.

How far is your house from Atlanta?
It's about four and a half hours.


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