Doeren: Thornton Will Miss A Game

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren said today tailback Shadrach Thornton will miss the season opener due to his arrest in June.

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

"We've already issued a release on that," Doeren said today when questioned by the media about Thornton's situation. "The things that we deal with on our team are in-house matters, and the things that are public that you guys know about, you know about.

"The night of the incident we found and did as much as we could to find out what was going on. The bottomline is he knows he made a mistake putting himself in that position. We handled it and removed him from all team activities except academics."

Doeren added that Thornton had to earn his way back to xercising with the team.

"[He had to be] able to live his life the way he should live it, in my opinion, until he's able to come back and exercise with the guys," said Doeren. "That's where he's at now, he's exercising with us.

"The week of the event we talked a lot. He won't play in the first game. That was decided a long time ago. Regardless of the outcome of the court date."

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.

He exited spring practice as the reserve at tailback behind junior Tony Creecy, who is currently projected to start the season opener.

Doeren hopes Thornton will learn from the mistake.

"I think he's learned a lot and he'll grow from it," he said. "That's part of our job as coaches, to discipline guys and help improve mistakes.

"He made one, he knows it, and he'll move forward from this point on."

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