According to media reports, Houston Cougars quarterback D’Eriq King has decided to sit out for the rest of the college football season with the idea of being eligible to play for one more year. Houston has announced that King will redshirt this year to play for the team once again next season. In a statement released this evening, King had this to say about his decision.
“I came here to play football for the University of Houston and that is not changing,” King said in a statement. “After carefully thinking through this process with my family and coach Holgorsen, I have decided the opportunity to redshirt this season gives me the best chance to develop as a player, earn my degree and set me up for the best success in the future. I’m looking forward to being part of the success of this program going forward.”
Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Tony Pauline has confirmed that scouts did not give King a draftable grade entering the season. Instead, they labelled him as a fringe priority free agent. There is a belief among many in the scouting community that King will have to change positions if he wants to play at the next level. This goes in line with Pauline’s thoughts as he currently has King listed as a wide receiver on his board.
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) September 23, 2019
As a senior, King has played in only four games this season, which due to NCAA transfer rules, would allow him to redshirt and have another season to play. He has been explosive so far, and this past Thursday against Tulane, he set the FBS record for consecutive games with a passing or rushing touchdown. This was a record that was long held by Tim Tebow.
Earlier today, King’s father had this to say on the potential of his son leaving Houston.
Eric King, father of QB D'Eriq King, confirms his son is leaving @UHCougarFB & transfer: "It's the best decision for him at this point. Very, very tough (decision). He's got a lot of teammates riding on him. Sometimes you got to be a little self-centered & do what's best for u"
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 23, 2019
King himself added that his decision is not yet final, and he needs to speak with head coach Holgorsen. After his discussion with the head coach, King decided not to leave Houston and will continue to be their quarterback next year. Senior wide receiver Keith Corbin will also take a redshirt year and return in 2020.
When the report first came out, rumors started swirling around social media that he may end up at the University of Oklahoma with head coach Lincoln Riley. One can presume that King could have wanted to get one more year under his belt with a well-renowned quarterback guru. As it turns out, these were just rumors for the time being.
When asked earlier in the year what his long term goals were, he had this to say.
“My goal is to win as many games as possible at Houston. Everything else will sort itself out.”
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