Houston quarterback D’Eriq King and wide receiver Keith Corbin announced Monday that they planned to sit out the rest of this season and redshirt. Both said they plan to stay with the Cougars next season.
Both King and Corbin are seniors and key cogs in the Houston offense. The Cougars have started the season 1-3. Under newer NCAA rules, players can play four games and still be redshirted.
“I came here to play football for the University of Houston and that is not changing,” King said in a statement released by the school. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the success of this program going forward.”
His statement said he talked over the decision with first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen and his family and hopes to develop as a player and earn his degree during his year off the field.
King set an American Athletic Conference record last season after being responsible for 50 touchdowns. This season, he is 58-of-110 passing for 663 yards and six touchdowns along with 312 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Corbin is the Cougars’ second-leading receiver with 11 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
“Having the opportunity to take time and focus on the completion of my degree, plus having the chance to develop as a student-athlete is why I have decided to redshirt for the remainder of the 2019 season,” Corbin said in the release. “Coach Holgorsen, myself and my family both took time to make this decision. Being a Cougar has been one of the best decisions I have made, and I’m ready to take this time to help our program develop for the future.”
Houston continues AAC action on Saturday night when it travels to Denton to face off with North Texas at 7 p.m.