In his first year at the helm, Frank Wilson won’t have a record-setting quarterback at his disposal.
In a press release Tuesday, UT-San Antonio officials announce that Blake Bogenschutz will be forced to retire from football because of injury. Specifically, the school stated in the reelase, “Bogenschutz has been advised by team doctors to give up football due to lingering concussion-like symptoms.”
Bogenschutz missed the last seven games of the 2015 season after sustaining a concussion in the Oct. 3 Conference USA opener vs. UTEP.
“This has been one of the toughest situations, if not the toughest, that I have encountered over the course of my life,” Bogenschutz said in a lengthy and heartfelt statement. “As much as I love football, I respect the doctors’ decision to end my career. 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.
“Concussions are a serious deal in this day and age and I have learned that first-hand. My mind and heart are on good terms with walking away from it all knowing that it could’ve easily gotten worse.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me in chasing my dreams throughout the course of my football career. Football has taught me so much about life and I will forever be grateful for the lessons, friendships and memories that it brought to my life over the last eight years. I have faith that this is God’s plan for me and I strongly believe that there are still better days ahead. I’ll always be a Roadrunner and will continue to be here for my teammates as we strive to better ourselves as a team and family.”
Bogenschutz played in three games, including one start, as a true freshman in 2014 before sustaining a season-ending injury, leading to him being awarded a medical reshirt.
As a redshirt freshman the following season, Bogenschutz started the first five games before the head injury. In the opener against Arizona, Bogenschutz passed for a school-record 332 and set another program standard with 363 yards of offense. In eight games spanning parts of two seasons, Bogenschutz passed for 1,179 yards and four touchdowns.
While his Roadrunner playing career has come to an end, his time with the program hasn’t as Bogenschutz will remain on scholarship and serve as a student assistant coach.
“We are ecstatic that Blake will remain a part of the UTSA football program as a student assistant,” head coach Frank Wilson said. “It certainly is an unfortunate situation that he will no longer be able to play the game he loves, but we are very fortunate that he will continue to be a part of the UTSA family. His input, knowledge and work ethic exemplifies everything we look for in a student-athlete and to be able to keep him around the program in a vital role in practice and game day preparation is something that we’re very excited about.”