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HENLEY IN, GADDIE OUT FOR KANSAS

October 31, 1996

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June Henley will make the trip to Iowa State on Saturday, but another starter, Maurice Gaddie, will not.

Gaddie, Kansas University's starting football strong safety, and freshman linebacker Dariss Lomax were suspended from the team for team policy violations, KU coach Glen Mason announced on Wednesday.

Their suspensions came almost a week after Henley, KU's star running back, was suspended after his arrest on three charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence.

Henley was reinstated on Monday, though Mason said then that he hadn't decided if Henley would travel to Ames, Iowa, where the Jayhawks will play Iowa State on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Mason said that Henley will make the trip.

"He's going to go, and he is going to play," Mason said. "But he isn't going to start on offense. We'll use him on special teams. We're not going to screw up our kicking teams. I'll tell you, he's thoroughly embarrassed. I've really had to counsel the guy. He's sick about this thing."

Mason would not reveal the reason behind the suspensions of Gaddie and Lomax.

Gaddie, a junior who started six of KU's seven games at strong safety, leads the KU defensive secondary with 51 total tackles. Lomax has not played this year and likely will red-shirt.

"It's just another tough day at Rim Rock," Mason quipped.

Mason said he hadn't decided how long Gaddie and Lomax would be suspended. Michael Allen will replace Gaddie in the starting lineup on Saturday.

"I just block those things out," Mason said. "They asked me how long it would last. I'll worry about that after this game."

On the injury front, Mason said that tight end Jim Moore, who has suffered concussions in the past two games, was definitely out for the ISU game. Running back Eric Galbreath, however, was upgraded from doubtful to probable, and offensive tackle Justin Glasgow, who missed two practices nursing a sprained ankle, will start at ISU, Mason said.

And junior linebacker Jason Thoren, who missed last week's loss at Nebraska with a sprained knee, should start against the Cyclones.

Despite all the distractions -- three suspensions and a slew of injuries over the past week -- the Jayhawks held a spirited workout on Wednesday, Mason said.

"We had a good practice," he said. "We really did."

"We had the funnest practice I can remember," added KU senior defensive tackle Kevin Kopp. "I don't know what it was. Everybody had a fun time. We needed that today to get out of the little funk we were in.

"We realize we have to play with who we have. Losing a guy like June Henley hurts. Losing starters hurts. But we have faith in their backups. Those second-string guys are one play away from starting. They don't want to let their buddies down. And they won't."

KU (3-4 overall, 1-3 Big 12) and Iowa State (2-5, 1-3) will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cyclone Stadium.

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