ODESSA - UT Permian Basin Football will hit the road for the first time in four years during its spring practice schedule as the Falcons will visit Andrews, Texas, next week.
UTPB will play one of two spring games at the Mustang Bowl in Andrews Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. The game is free and open to the public, and fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy tailgating, food and festivities before and after the game.
"We're thrilled to bring UTPB Football up to Andrews," said Andrews ISD Superintendent Bobby Azam. "This is a great chance for our student-athletes to not only enjoy college football in their hometown, but it's exciting for us to bring a four-year institution from the Permian Basin to Andrews."
The weekend will also include camps by UTPB Cheerleading and the UTPB Marching Band, and the band will perform during Saturday's game.
UT Permian Basin President Sandra Woodley, school administration and various departments will meet with students at Andrews High School throughout the day Thursday.
The Falcons have two players on their roster that are AHS graduates. Linebacker Keegan Gray is heading into his senior season at UTPB, and defensive end Beau Narrell will be a sophomore this upcoming season. UT Permian Basin head coach Justin Carrigan is excited to be able to bring UTPB Football back to their hometown.
"This is an exciting chance for our team to do something that we've never done before," said Carrigan. "I'm excited for Keegan and Beau to play in front of their community, and this is a great chance for the University to continue to get more awareness throughout the Permian Basin."
The Falcons will return on-campus April 13 for their second and final spring game of 2019 at 11 a.m. at the UTPB Turf Field. Fans are invited to bring their own chairs and tailgate before and after the game around the field.
UT Permian Basin football fans have more chances than ever to see their Falcons in 2019. A jam-packed home schedule sees the Falcons at home six times next season with three of its first four games on its home turf.
The high-flying Falcons are back in action Sept. 7, opening at home with their first ever game against Wayland Baptist. Fans of all ages can come out early and enjoy all of the pregame festivities, ranging from all-day tailgating, live music, jumpers, and lots of free food.
UT Permian Basin returns a number of talented players on both sides of the ball. All-American Chris Hoad leads a senior class of 27, the largest in UTPB's history. Hoad enters his final season after being named First-Team Lone Star Conference and was the Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the Year. He is currently the active leading tackler in the nation across all NCAA divisions with 369 total career tackles.
The Falcons come into the season having brought in their best-ever recruiting class. Featuring nine nationally ranked players, UTPB signed 56 student-athletes, including 51 from Texas.
Season tickets will be on sale later this spring, and fans will get more bang for their buck in 2019. Season ticket package prices remain the same as last season with an additional home game this year.