Doeren: Thornton to Sit Out NC State Opener

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina State running back who was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge this summer will sit out the Wolfpack’s first game.

Coach Dave Doeren said after practice Wednesday that Shadrach Thornton will not play against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31.

Thornton is due in court Aug. 22 after he was arrested on June 6 by Wake County sheriff’s deputies on a charge of assault on a female.

Doeren says Thornton “made a mistake putting himself in that position, and we handled it.”

The coach says Thornton was suspended from the team during the summer and couldn’t participate in non-academic-related team activities. He has since returned to practice.

Thornton had a team-best 694 yards rushing in 2012 even though he didn’t play in the first three games.

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Wolfpack Searching for New QB, Faster Tempo

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State is only a few workouts into the training camp that will reshape the Wolfpack under new coach Dave Doeren.

That leaves N.C. State with less than a month to figure out who is the starting quarterback leading a no-huddle offense and adjust to the faster tempo that Doeren wants in everything his players do.

Doeren says his players have had “bright eyes” and “good energy” to start training camp.

Receiver Rashard Smith says working at the faster tempo during spring practices helped prepare the players for the expectations that await them in August workouts. N.C. State opens the season at home Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech.

Doeren led Northern Illinois to a BCS bowl last season before replacing Tom O’Brien, who was fired after six seasons.

 

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Wolfpack Adds Alabama Transfer Lacey to Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State has added Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey.

Lacey will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility. In a statement from the school Tuesday, coach Mark Gottfried said Lacey “is a winner and really understands the game.”

The 6-foot-3 guard started 52 of 69 games over two seasons. Last year, he averaged 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while starting all 36 games. He also led the team with 62 3-pointers.

Lacey was a five-star prospect and Parade All-American when he chose the home-state Crimson Tide after being recruited by Kentucky, Kansas and Connecticut, among others. In April, Alabama coach Anthony Grant had called Lacey’s decision to leave “a family decision to pursue other opportunities.”

Gottfried was Grant’s predecessor at Alabama, coaching there from 1998-2009.

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UCLA defeats Wolfpack 2-1 at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offense to defeat North Carolina State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.

UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday.

UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. Two innings before, Vander Tuig tagged out a runner at the plate to keep the Wolfpack from adding to a 1-0 lead.

Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save.

NC State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss.

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