Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton has a Wake County court date on Aug. 22 for a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female.
Thornton, the team's leading rusher a year ago, has participated in N.C. State's first two practices and was at the team's "Meet the Pack" Day on Sunday. Thornton, 20, was originally charged in Wake County on June 6.
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren issued a statement on Sunday and said Thornton had been suspended after the arrest but has worked his way back onto the team.
"We were made aware of the situation in June and Shadrach was suspended immediately," Doeren said in a statement released by the school on Sunday. "We have certain standards that we want our players to live by, on and off the field, and he did not live up to those standards.
"He had to earn his way back into team activities."
Thornton led the Wolfpack with 694 rushing yards despite not playing in the first three games of the 2012 season. He had four 100-yard rushing games, including three in ACC play, as a true freshman and he also caught 30 passes for 282 yards.
Thornton had on-field issues during the spring game. Three fumbles knocked Thornton down the depth chart behind junior Tony Creecy. If the off-field issues cost Thornton any game time, that could potentially open the door for freshman running back Matt Dayes. Thornton and Creecy, who ran for 476 yards last season, are the only two returning running backs on scholarship.