Copeland has a 'tough decision' to make

The University of Louisville football team could get a major boost heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. Senior wide receiver Damian Copeland has been granted a sixth year of eligibility and could return.

University of Louisville senior wide receiver Damian Copeland didn't think he would have this type of decision to make about his future.

Copeland, the leading receiver for U of L two years in a row, has been granted a sixth season of eligibility at U of L by the NCAA. Copeland played in just one game during the 2011 season because of an injury.

"I got it for my hamstring," Copeland said.

Copeland said last week that he hasn't spoke with the U of L staff about his future and noted he wanted to "stay focused" on the season.

"It's a tough decision," Copeland said. "I'll make it after the season."

U of L coach Charlie Strong said on Monday that he received word a few weeks ago that Copeland would have a chance to return. Offensive lineman Kamran Joyer didn't go through Senior Day festivities because he wants to return.

"Just because he had an injury early in his career he was granted another year of eligibility, so he's got to decide if he'd like to come back or not," Strong said. "I haven't spoken about that (decision). He's got to sit down with his family.

"They'll make that decision."

Copeland caught 50 passes for 628 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Cardinals and has 49 catches for 655 yards and four TDs this season.

Copeland has a shot to be picked in the NFL Draft this season.

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