Without Thornton, Wolfpack finds peculiarity in quantity

September 6, 2015 - Finding Carter

N.C. State’s usually preseason all-ACC actor watched a diversion from a sidelines, in shorts with a towel around his neck. Shadrach Thornton served a initial diversion of a two-game cessation Saturday, and he was not missed.

He competence even have a small difficulty winning his pursuit back.

With Matt Dayes pulsation a round inside and Jaylen Samuels approaching a many prolific parsimonious end-fullback listed on any register in a nation and Jumichael Ramos entrance loyal out of 2013, a Wolfpack displayed a accumulation of scoring threats in a 49-21 win over Troy to open a deteriorate Saturday.

And that competence usually be scratching a surface: Nyheim Hines had usually 3 touches on offense, nothing of them as considerable as a 30-yard kickoff return, and extremely some-more is approaching from a gifted beginner from Garner, whose entrance was rather resigned as Dayes and Samuels kept a round moving.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” concurred Samuels, a running-catching hazard with a peculiar hybrid position.

Jacoby Brissett finished his initial 12 passes and 21 of 23 for 196 yards and dual touchdowns before giving approach to redshirt beginner Jalan McClendon, though that’s to be approaching from a quarterback during this indicate in his career.

We’ve got a lot of weapons.

Jaylen Samuels on N.C. State’s offense

Perhaps this all was to be expected, deliberation Troy’s invulnerability was supervised by Vic Koenning, who left a route of fiery disadvantage behind in Chapel Hill final season, though it was still a certain growth for a Wolfpack a approach players like Dayes and Samuels took advantage of a event presented by Thornton’s absence.

Dayes cracked a career-highs he set in a 2013 opener, when Thornton was also suspended, and demonstrated a detonate of acceleration in a open margin not mostly seen to this indicate of his career. He finished with 126 yards on 24 carries, both career-highs, and dual touchdowns.

“Made guys miss, took caring of a round – he ran like we suspicion he’d run, to be honest,” N.C. State manager Dave Doeren said. “He ran like that all by camp. He was vehement about his purpose tonight, and it showed.”

Samuels had 4 carries and 4 catches and scored on 3 of them. Nine other players held passes, including Gavin Locklear, who missed all of final deteriorate with a damaged leg, and comparison Benson Browne, with his initial career locate and TD.

Freshman Reggie Gallaspy and sophomore Dakwa Nichols also saw late movement in a backfield, though a Wolfpack started with a pass to Ramos, who competence as good be a beginner again. He had one locate final season. He held 3 Saturday night, including a touchdown, his initial given Nov 2013.

Ramos deliberate transferring. He stranded around and held a initial pass of a season, an aged arms for a Wolfpack who is also apparently a new one.

“It was a good reward,” Ramos said. “It only shows how tough work pays off.”

This was how a Wolfpack hoped to start things, with a collection of play-making ability players surrounding Brissett, even if Thornton was ostensible to be one of them. A loyal comment will substantially have to wait until Week 5, when N.C. State hosts Louisville, though anyone who didn’t get many chances Saturday won’t have to wait long, deliberation subsequent week’s assembly with Eastern Kentucky total to be an open try-out after a initial entertain or so.

“We’re going to supplement Shadrach after a second game, and we’ll be really heated as an offense,” Samuels said.

Thornton won’t be missed. The approach things went Saturday, he competence even have difficulty anticipating his approach behind onto a margin when he does return.

DeCock: ldecock@newsobserver.com, @LukeDeCock, 919-829-8947

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