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A wrist injury cut short Danny Copeland’s senior season as the quarterback for the Bullis School, but what he accomplished in 6 1/2 games of work was more than enough to convince Colgate University (N.Y.) that he could be a nice fit in its offense.

Copeland rewarded that interest by verbally committing to the 2012 Patriot League champions Wednesday, eschewing Colgate’s league rivals Lehigh (Pa.) and Fordham (N.Y.).

“I love the campus; I love the atmosphere and I love the coaching staff,” Copeland said. “It’s a great opportunity and a great fit. I don’t expect to play right away. I’ll have to earn my way up there and hopefully, get to the starting spot.”

Copeland broke two bones in his forearm while scrambling for a first down, but before exiting the season, he passed for 19 touchdowns to just a single interception and he was one of the team’s top rushers.

“He was in the shadow of Kylor [Bellestri] the last two years, but he did a great job this past season,” Bullis coach Pat Cilento said. “He’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around. He’s just a great kid and a smart kid; he just does everything you ask. We were averaging 44 points per game, but after we lost him, we were averaging 16 points per game.

“He was dual-threat quarterback. We did a lot of reads you see in the NFL, the zone reads. He’ll do well up there; it’s a good fit for him.”

Copeland said his wrist, which required surgery to repair, is “getting better.”

jpeters@gazette.net