Shadrach Thornton: NC State running back dismissed from team ‘Details’

Updated: October 1, 2015
Shadrach Thornton: NC State running back dismissed from team

NC State has dismissed running back Shadrach Thornton from its football program, head coach Dave Doeren announced Wednesday afternoon.

Thornton’s dismissal came after he was arrested Tuesday night, according to police reports.

“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, but we’ve made the decision to dismiss Shadrach from our program,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. “We will continue to support him academically and help him earn his degree.”

Thornton, a senior at N.C. State, was arrested for failing to provide information after he was charged with injuring a pedestrian while riding a scooter on Western Boulevard in Raleigh.

He was also charged with operating an unregistered vehicle and for driving on the sidewalk, the News & Observer reported.

The dismissal comes days before State opens ACC play against Louisville on Saturday. Thornton is the team’s second-leading rusher and was at practice Wednesday morning.

Thornton had been suspended three times by N.C. State in his career and this is his second arrest while at State.

He was arrested on charges of assaulting a female in 2013 and received deferred prosecution. He also has been cited twice for Marijuana possession, in 2013 and 2014.

Thornton was suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for the assault charges. After the drug citation, Thornton was indefinitely suspended in December 2013, but was reinstated before the start of the 2014 season.
Thornton was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for violating an unspecified team rule.

He has also been a talented running back, leading the Wolfpack in rushing yards each of his previous three seasons on the team. He is on track to graduate this spring from N.C. State.

N.C. State (4-0) will play Louisville (1-3) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (WGHP-8).