Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) dives but comes up short on big pass play in the second half. The UCF Knights defeats the Florida Gators, 29-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. [Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner]2021

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Florida WR Justin Shorter to return in 2022

Wide receiver Justin Shorter will return to Florida for his senior season in 2022.

Shorter, who sustained what could have been a potentially serious injury near the end of the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday, made the announcement Saturday on Twitter.

“Unfinished Business… One more year. #GoGators,” he wrote.

The redshirt junior was carted off the field late after taking a hard hit from a defender while attempting to make a leaping catch in Florida’s 29-17 loss to UCF. He spent the night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

The Florida football program shared a statement from Shorter’s family on Twitter on Friday.

“We are happy to share that Justin is doing well, is clear to head home today and is on his way to a full recovery! We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, love and endless support — he is going to be fine!”

Shorter caught three passes for a team-high 54 yards in the bowl game. He finished the season with 41 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

His return is good news for new head coach Billy Napier and Florida, which lost 2021 leading receiver Jacob Copeland to the transfer portal. Copeland announced Friday that he’ll play next season at Maryland.

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