KU cornerback Thornton will miss Insight Bowl

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. | Kansas cornerback Justin Thornton did not make the trip to Arizona due to disciplinary reasons and will not play in Wednesday’s Insight Bowl game against Minnesota.

“We talked to him before we left,” KU linebacker James Holt said. “You know, he understood. He’s just got to straighten up a little bit and come back his senior year and show that he’s a leader.”

The reason for Thornton’s suspension is unknown. Thornton, a native of St. Joseph, started the season at free safety and moved to cornerback before the Texas Tech game on Oct. 25. He had 63 tackles, one interception and 11 pass break-ups.

Holt said that senior Kendrick Harper would start in Thornton’s place. Harper lost his starting spot earlier this season to allow Thornton and Daymond Patterson to start at cornerback.

“(Harper’s) been playing in the spot and he’s been doing very well,” Holt said. “He’s about 100 percent. He has his opportunity and he’s taking advantage of it.”

SHARP SITS OUT: Kansas running back Jake Sharp missed Monday’s practice with the flu. KU coach Mark Mangino said Sharp would play on Wednesday.