David Piland looks like the sort of American boy who comes over for dinner, calls you mister and compliments the meatloaf.
In this way, he is like Case Keenum, who had that effect, plus a kind of learned "I know more than I'm telling" twinkle in his eye. Like Keenum, Piland does not strike a physical imposition, either. Eyeballing him, you'd guess 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. Combs his hair to the side.
In most ways, Keenum and Piland are similar, but Keenum is the most statistically prolific passer in college football history, and Piland has 201 career completions for 2,641 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
After six years, the Case Keenum Era at the University of Houston is over. The next one begins now, with UH having just completed spring drills and having recently named Piland the official successor to Keenum.
Whether this constitutes the beginning of the David Piland Era is another question, altogether. They don't just hand out capital-E Eras to everybody walking thro...