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October 27, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars quarterback David Piland (8) attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Texas El Paso Miners at Robertson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars QB David Piland gives up football

Houston Cougars quarterback David Piland has decided to give up football.

Piland, a junior out of Southlake, Texas, started the Cougars’ first two games, but suffered the last of a series of concussions in a 22-13 victory over the Temple Owls on September 7.

“It was not easy to hear that I can no longer play the game I love, but I know that our medical staff has my best interests in mind,” Piland told the Associated Press.

In those two games, Piland was 21-of-40 for 220 yards with one touchdown. Over the course of his career, which started early in the 2010 season when record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum went down with an injury, Piland completed 478 of 833 passes for 5,790 yards with 41 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Piland has been replaced by John O’Korn. The 6’4, 205 lb. freshman out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has started the last two games and has played in all four. He is 73-of-115 for 933 yards with 10 touchdowns and only one interception.

The 4-0 Cougars, who are now in the American Athletic Conference, will look to start 2-0 in conference play when they host the 1-3 Memphis Tigers Saturday at noon EST.

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