Posted: 5:52 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014
By Matt Porter
CORAL GABLES — After a two-week stay, Hunter Knighton has been released from a local hospital.
“To everyone who has been praying for the last few weeks thank you,” Knighton posted on his Facebook account around 3:30 p.m. Monday. “I’m finally out of the hospital. Especially thanks to [the] best family, coaches, doctors and support group for getting me this far.”
UM football spokesman Chris Yandle confirmed Knighton was released.
Knighton, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, was hospitalized Feb. 24 after an on-campus workout. The Miami Herald, citing two anonymous sources close to UM, reported at the time Knighton was unconscious in University of Miami Hospital.
Citing the family’s desire for privacy, UM has not elaborated on Knighton’s condition or the nature of his injury.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Hunter Knighton and his family at this time, though we are encouraged by the prognosis,” UM’s athletic department said in a statement released Feb. 25, a day after Knighton was hospitalized. “We look forward to his return to normal activities as soon as his health permits.”
“Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, UM will have no further comment at this time.”
Last Thursday, UM coach Al Golden said Knighton was “doing well and they are being prudent with him” and that UM was pleased with the progress Knighton had made in recovery.
Knighton is a native of Pottstown, Pa., and played scholastic football at The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.). Listed at 6-foot-6 and 278 pounds on UM’s official roster, he enrolled in January 2013, but redshirted last fall after undergoing shoulder surgery.
UM players and coaches are on spring break this week. Golden is not expected to address the media until the team returns for practice Tuesday, March 18.