The NC State Wolf Pack just a huge piece of their offense for the first couple of games this season. The team will be without starting running back Shadrach Thornton for the first two games of the season.
It was reported by David Hale of ESPN that Thornton violated team rules and he will now miss games against Troy and Eastern Kentucky to open the season. There is no confirmation of what team rules he broke.
Thornton had a big year for the Wolf Pack in 2014. The senior running back racked up 907 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, bringing his career total to 2,369 yards and sixteen touchdowns.
Secondary running back Matt Dayes will likely be tagged the starter for the first two games this season. Dayes has been getting good reps over the fall training camp and rushed for 573 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014.
He has a big chance to show what he can do in the first two games. Despite having a great opportunity and barring another big setback by Thornton, I expect Dayes to return to his secondary role once Thornton’s suspension is up.
No offense to Dayes, but it’s not like the Wolf Pack is playing big-time games in the first two weeks.
The Wolf Pack open the season on September 5 when they host the Trojans.
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