As North Carolina State gets into fall camp, the 2013 leading rusher is now welcomed back to the team. Running back Shadrach Thornton was reinstated by head coach Dave Doeren following an indefinite suspension that started last December.
Shadrach was cited for misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in December. Police had visited an apartment Thornton shared with another man being investigated for a sexual assault. Thornton was not involved in the investigation, but police used a probable cause affidavit for a search warrant to lead to the drug charges. Charges were dismissed because Thornton was not present at the time of the police search and he passed multiple drug tests.
Thornton played 11 games in 2013 and led the Wolfpack with 768 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading rusher in 2012 with 694 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman.