Florida Gators receiver Justin Shorter cleared to leave hospital; Jacob Copeland transferring to Maryland

Florida Gators receiver Justin Shorter cleared to leave hospital; Jacob Copeland transferring to Maryland
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Florida receiver Justin Schurter was allowed to leave hospital on Friday after he was taken off the field in the Gators’ 29-17 loss to the UCF in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.

In a statement, Schurter’s family said: “We are delighted to share that Justin is doing well and is clearly back home today on his way to a full recovery! We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayer, love and endless support – he will be alright! Special Thanks! To everyone at the UF Sports Team and St. Joseph Hospital for their professionalism, care and support they have shown Justin and our family. I wish everyone a Happy Holiday and Bless 2022! Go Gators!”

Late in the fourth quarter Thursday night, Schurter came up to a pass from Emory Jones and was hit in the back by UCF defensive linebacker Quadrick Pollard, his head exploding backwards.

Shorter lay motionless on the grass for several moments while medical staff in Florida rushed to his aid. Silence filled Raymond James Stadium, as the Florida players gathered around Schurter, and the UCF players kneeled on their side.

Shorter was eventually taken from the field and taken to the hospital.

The youngster from Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, has had 41 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Also on Friday, Florida wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who played in the bowl despite entering the transfer gate earlier this month, announced that he will be moving to Maryland.

Copeland started 23 games and appeared in 40 contests for Jetour, recording 86 receptions for 1,366 yards and nine touchdowns. This season, he’s had 41 catches for 642 yards and four touchdowns, including receptions for 35 yards in Thursday’s loss to the UCF.

ESPN ranked Copeland as the 40th overall recruit in the 2018 class. The Pensacola, Florida native ranked seventh in the SEC in yards per reception (15.66) this season.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.


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