The University of Houston announced on Tuesday that multiple concussions will force the end of quarterback David Piland's career.
Piland, a junior student from Southlake, Texas, is scheduled to graduate from the University in December with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
"David has given everything he's had to the University of Houston and our football program," said Houston Cougars head coach Tony Levine. "He has been a model student-athletes 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."
Piland ends his career with the Cougars ranked seventh on the team's all-time charts for passing yards (5,790), completions (478), pass attempts (833), touchdown passes (41), touchdowns responsible for (43) and total offense (6,039).
"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. "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 played in two games during the 2013 season. He completed 21-of-40 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, in addition to five carries for 31 yards as he helped lead the Cougars to the team's two opening wins en route to its current 4-0 record.
Piland's name is also in the NCAA record books for a single-game record with most attempts in a game without an interception as he had 77 attempts without an interception vs. Louisiana Tech in 2012.