Dan Mullen predicts Justin Shorter will be 'impact player' for the Gators this season
Florida’s offense looks to have no shortage of dynamic playmakers this season, and thanks to the NCAA, Penn State transfer Justin Shorter is another one.
Recently cleared to play, Shorter was described by coach Dan Mullen in a call with reporters on Monday as having a great attitude, work ethic and speed, and the ability to make explosive plays down the field. He’s also a great, physical blocker. Mullen said blocking is just as important as catching a 50-yard touchdown pass.
“He understands the importance of the complete game,” Mullen said, per Nick de la Torre. “He’s going to be an impact player for us.”
Shorter caught 12 passes for 137 yards at Penn State last season. He is just the latest weapon in an offense that already features QB Kyle Trask, TE Kyle Pitts, and receivers Trevon Grimes, Jacob Copeland and Kadarius Toney.
Shorter is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds from Monmouth Junction, N.J. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect, No. 1 player in New Jersey and No. 1 wide receiver by 247Sports. In the spring of 2019, Penn State coach James Franklin described Shorter, listed at 235 pounds, as “a cheeseburger away from 250.”
The Gators are scheduled to open the season at Ole Miss on Sept. 26.