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LEWIS | WR Parker stays, Copeland leaves U of L

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Junior wide receiver DeVante Parker says he will stay for his senior season at U of L. His counterpart Damien Copeland is opting to bypass a recently granted sixth year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Copeland led Louisville with 58 receptions this past season. He hauled in five touchdowns and racked up 780 yards receiving. Copeland has already earned his degree.

Parker, a graduate of Ballard High School, said after the win against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl he had been thinking about his future, but was going to wait for a while to decide. That decision came sooner rather than later. Parker tweeting out Thursday afternoon, "I will be coming back for another year."

Parker led the team in touchdown receptions with 12 and also in yardage with 885 over 12 games. He sat out one game after suffering a shoulder injury against Temple in October.

Copeland, who turned 23 last October, was viewed as unlikely to spend another year in Louisville, hoping to make the most of pro opportunities.

"It has truly been an honor," Copeland said on his Twitter page, before receiving a slew of well-wishes, including from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Also, Ian Silberman, a 6-5, 303-pound lineman who started four games for Florida last season, will take advantage of NCAA transfer rules after graduating from Florida and transfer to play his final season for the Cardinals. He'll have one season of eligibility in Louisville.

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