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Thornton still working his way back into game plan

Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton is working his way back into N.C. State's offense and the good graces of coach Dave Doeren but he's not there yet.

Thornton touched the ball twice in the Wolfpack's 26-14 loss to Clemson last week and both plays were effective. He had a 32-yard catch and a 21-yard touchdown run on the same second-quarter drive. Thornton, the team's leading rusher a year ago, didn't have another carry or catch the rest of the game.

Mitchell update, depth chart for Richmond

Updated: 5 p.m.

Brandon Mitchell's surgery was a success, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said Monday, and the quarterback was back at the Murphy Center on Monday to begin the healing process.

Mitchell, the graduate transfer from Arkansas, broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in the first half of Saturday's 40-14 win over Louisiana Tech. He's expected to miss four to six weeks.

N.C. State down two offensive linemen for Miami

N.C. State will be without two starters from its offensive line for Saturday's trip to Miami. Right tackle Andrew Wallace and left tackle Rob Crisp will both miss the game with injuries.

Wallace, a senior, injured his left foot in last Saturday's 52-14 win over The Citadel and will miss his first game of the season. Crisp, a junior, will miss his fourth straight game with a back injury, according to the injury report released by N.C. State on Thursday morning.

Creecy expected to return for Miami

Running back Tony Creecy returned to the top of the depth chart on Monday but freshman Shadrach Thornton will also play against Miami on Saturday.

Creecy missed N.C. State's 52-14 win over The Citadel last Saturday with an undisclosed injury, as did James Washington. With Mustafa Greene suspended for the second straight week, that left Thornton, a freshman, who ran for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first college game.

Thornton's second on the depth chart, behind Creecy, who has 130 yards on 31 carries in three games.

Wolfpack, Thornton crush The Citadel, 52-14

Updated 10:30 p.m.

RALEIGH —  After running back Shadrach Thornton scored his first touchdown on the first drive of the game, N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien tried to keep the freshman from getting too over-hyped about the fast start.

 
"It's going to be a long night," O'Brien said to Thornton.
 
It was, for The Citadel, and a memorable one for Thornton, who ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack to a surprisingly elementary 52-14 home win over the Bulldogs.
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