North Carolina State received an offensive boost Tuesday as the team’s leading rusher, Shadrach Thornton, was reinstated by head coach Dave Doeren.
Thornton was suspended indefinitely in December after being cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police searched an apartment he shared with teammates during a sexual battery investigation in which Thornton was not involved.
Charges were dismissed as Thornton was not present for the search and he passed multiple drug tests.
The junior running back led the Wolfpack in rushing in each of the past two seasons. In 2013, he rushed for 768 yards and four touchdowns including a career-high 173 yard game against eventual national champions Florida State.
N.C. State will open the season on Aug. 30 against Georgia Southern.