Avery Randle, Kansas University's sophomore cornerback who has started all three games this season, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Jayhawks' 38-20 victory over Texas Christian on Thursday night and won't play again this season.
"It hurts anytime you lose a starter," KU coach Glen Mason said Saturday. "But Jamie Harris has been playing good. We're still good back there, but we're thinner."
Harris, a red-shirt freshman from Olathe, will move into Randle's starting role, Mason said. That means the Jayhawks will start a senior (Dorian Brew), two red-shirt sophomores (Charles Davis and Maurice Gaddie) and a red-shirt freshman in the defensive secondary next Saturday when KU plays host to Houston.
"We're thin at the corner," KU defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz said. "I'm pleased with the way Jamie's playing, but we don't have great depth at the corners."
The backups at the corners are Jason Harris, a sophomore, and Manolito Jones, a sophomore who spent last season as a walk-on running back.
Randle is the second Jayhawk defensive back to miss the season because of an injury. Tony Blevins, a corner-turned-safety, was slow to recover from a knee injury last season and decided to spend this year as a medical red-shirt. Davis, who missed KU's second-week victory over North Texas nursing his own knee injury, returned against TCU.
Ronnie Ward, a senior inside linebacker, injured his shoulder over the summer and will spend his season as a medical red-shirt.
"The thing about it," Mason said, "is we're going to get Blevins back. We're going to get Ward and Randle back."