Mustangs to play Texas A&M-Kingsville

Mia Heck

Adrian Seales, criminal justice junior, runs with the ball at the first home game at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 31. Photo by Justin Marquart

The football players are “hungry for a win” at the upcoming game against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday. This game is much anticipated by the team because it’s the first conference game of the 2017 season.

“We missed the opportunity [to play] this last week in Central Florida, due to the violent weather conditions they were facing,” Alex Morgan-Anderson, punter and general business freshman, said. “Kingsville has always been a good challenge for our team because they develop a lot of really great football players who know how to play hard. The opportunity always drives our team’s eagerness for a win.”

Texas A&M University-Kingsville finished the 2016 season with 9-3 record, while the Mustangs ended the 2016 season with an 8-3 record. The 8-3 record left the team second in the Lonestar Conference.

“MSU has always had a huge turnout for student attendance when it comes to football season but this year we really hope that our student, and community, attendance grows because our team has such great potential this season,” Jaron Imbriani, kicker and sports and leisure studies sophomore, said. “The team we have now is younger, yet gives so much more effort than the team we had this time last season.”

The players spend about four hours per day practicing plays and prepping for games.

Robert Carper, nursing sophomore, shared his excitement about this weekend’s game.

“I’m excited to watch the upcoming game against Kingsville because I really enjoy watching all the effort those guys give result in a great game and hopefully a victory,” Carper said. “And, because the hotdogs are usually pretty tasty too.”

Morgan-Anderson said he and the rest of the team want as much support and fans as possible this weekend.

“Having a bye week this last week really gives our team an edge to win by giving our boys some fresh legs. It is not a game I suggest you miss,” Morgan-Anderson said.