Houston QB King won’t play rest of season, plans to return

UH senior quarterback D'Eriq King has thrown for six touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019. | File

UH senior quarterback D'Eriq King has thrown for six touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019. | File

Houston quarterback D'Eriq King is weighing his options and could take advantage of the NCAA's new four-game redshirt rule, opting out of his senior season with the Cougars with the intent to redshirt and transfer, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. Being a Cougar has been of the best decisions I have made, and I'm ready to take this time to help our program and develop for the future.

For those who might view the decision as a selfish one, Eric King said, "Sometimes you gotta be, because he hasn't in the past".

While his father says he's leaving @UHCougarFB, QB D'Eriq King says his decision is not final: "I've got to go talk to Coach Holgorsen".

Houston is off to 1-3 start under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen.

"He played hurt, he played wide receiver, he played punt returner, he played kickoff returner, he played quarterback, he played running back". There's only one you.

It fell like a brick on Monday afternoon after a wild Week 4 was in the books.

Before the season, Holgorsen expressed a desire to use as many redshirts as possible.

North Texas was going to have a big challenge ahead of them but this makes things much easier.

"If guys have redshirts available and they're third on the depth chart, I'm gonna try to redshirt 'em", Holgorsen said on August 12. That's how you develop a program. "My average starting age [at West Virginia] was 23 years old".

King's statement came after his father told the television station that a transfer was "the best decision for him at this point". "We'll green-light guys and red-light guys, and we'll do everything we can to win the game". "He's got a lot of teammates riding on him".

After completing 63.5 percent of his passes last season and 64.7 percent as a sophomore, King was just 58-for-110 (52.7%) this season for just six yards per attempt. He broke former Florida star Tim Tebow's record by throwing and running for touchdowns in 15 consecutive games in the loss to Tulane last week.

Corbin is Houston's second-leading receiver, with 11 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

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