Battle with concussions ends Piland’s career
After multiple concussions, redshirt junior quarterback David Piland’s football career has come to a close.
The UH medical staff advised him not to play again.
“One of my lifelong dreams and goals has been to play quarterback at the collegiate level, and thanks to the University of Houston, I’ve been able to accomplish one of my dreams and meet one of my goals,” said Piland in a statement. “It was not easy to hear that I can no longer play the game that I love, but I know that our medical staff has my best interests in mind. I will always cherish my time on the field and my time at the University of Houston.”
Piland last played Sept. 7 during UH’s 22-15 win against Temple, when he left the game during the first quarter with a head injury.
During his career, Piland started 21 games and is seventh in UH history for passing yards (5,790), completions (478), pass attempts (833), touchdown passes (41), touchdowns responsible for (43) and total offense (6,039).
“David has given everything he’s had to the University of Houston and our football program,” said head coach Tony Levine. “He has been a model student athlete and a valued leader for us. He has handled everything with class and will continue to be a major part of our program. David’s health and well-being is our top priority, and we respect the decision of our medical staff.”