Horton to play against Huskers

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:40 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Coach Quin Snyder confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that Jason Horton, Missouri’s freshman point guard, will play Thursday against Nebraska after serving a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

“Jason is with our team, ready to play (today),” Snyder said. “We’ve got standards for our players both in practice and in games. He’s not the first guy that has had to learn from some of those things. I think he is excited to be back with the team and it will make him better.”

Horton said: “This whole year has really been learning process for me. It’s just something I have to learn from and hopefully it will make me a better person in the future.”

Horton, who has started 23 games this season, won’t start Thursday but will play significant minutes.

He made his presence known early in Missouri’s practice, when he collided with teammate Thomas Gardner and sent Gardner hobbling toward the team’s trainers.

Gardner stretched for several minutes before returning to action. After practice, Gardner had ice on his knee area and said it was nothing serious, just a simple charley-horse.

“It feels good to be back,” Horton said. “I’m just excited to play tomorrow and will be ready whenever my number is called.

“They did a good job when I was out, but we’ve just got to bring that same energy that we brought against Kansas to this game.”

Horton also unveiled a new tattoo Wednesday, a cross with “Philippians 4:13” etched across the base.

“I got it like a few days ago,” Horton said. “It means, ‘I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”

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