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HOUSTON University of Houston head coach Tony Levine announced on Friday that he has named junior David Piland the starter for next week s opener against Southern.

Piland, who started most of the games last season, was the favorite to win the job heading into training camp. He beat out freshman John O Korn who will now serve as the back-up.

Levine did say that both quarterbacks will play during the opener, which is scheduled for a 7:30 pm start at Reliant Stadium.

Last season, Piland completed 57 percent of his passes and threw for 2,929 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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