Concussions prompt Blake Bogenschutz to quit football

SAN ANTONIO -- UTSA sophomore quarterback Blake Bogenschutz 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 announced Tuesday that team doctors had 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 firsthand,'' Bogenschutz said. "My mind and heart are on good terms with walking away from it all knowing that it could've easily gotten worse.''