Concussions prompt UTSA QB Bogenschutz to quit football
Feb. 02, 2016
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Calling it "one of the toughest situations" in his life, UTSA sophomore quarterback Blake Bogenschutz said Tuesday he is giving up football because of lingering concussion-like symptoms.
Bogenschutz missed the final seven games of 2015 after sustaining a concussion against UTEP. UTSA officials said that team doctors advised him to quit playing.
"As much as I love football, I respect the doctors' decision to end my career," Bogenschutz said. "Despite my strong love and passion for the game, I have come to peace and realization that my health is more important than a game. I find peace in that I played every down with all of my heart and always left everything I had out on the field.
Bogenschutz had six career starts and finished with 1,179 passing yards and four touchdowns. He will remain on scholarship and be a student assistant coach until he graduates.
"Concussions are a serious deal in this day and age and I have learned that first-hand," Bogenschutz said. "My mind and heart are on good terms with walking away from it all knowing that it could've easily gotten worse."