Not many North Carolina State fans knew who Thornton was before the team's 52-14 victory over the Citadel on Saturday, but they sure are familiar with him now. He represents where the Wolfpack are, heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play.
In his first college football game, Thornton, a true freshman from Hinesville, Ga., ran for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns. It wasnt that NC State needed a spark in order to defeat the Bulldogs, a Football Championship Subdivision team, but the Wolfpack needed something positive to happen in the running game. Thornton gave them that.
The whole point of the game against the Citadel, aside from earning a third consecutive victory, was to continue making progress across the board. And a running attack is a vital component to coach Tom OBriens preferred approach to success. So with more experienced backs Mustafa Greene, Tony Creecy and James Washington out for various reasons, Thornton gave the Pack a...