MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Texas Tech Red Raiders had their annual spring football scrimmage at Grande Communications Stadium. The day consisted of about 100-120 plays and the stands were packed with Tech fans. Permian Basin natives on the team enjoyed playing in front of their families and hometown.
"Just the appreciation that Texas Tech has for this area, and the appreciation they have for Texas Tech. It's been a great marriage. We love coming, we love the way we're received. They have a great meal for the players, it's a first class set up. We couldn't be more appreciative of being here," said head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
"I get to come down and see it with my family and everybody gets to saying, 'Oh man, you live here?' I was like, 'yeah! I live like ten minutes down the road. It's a fun experience for everybody because they grew up watching Friday Night Lights. It's a great break for the routine from school and just spring practice in general," said Permian High School alumni Jax Welch.
"It means a lot to me. This is the only time I get to come back and play where I grew up. So, I'm just out here enjoying my opportunity, taking advantage of my opportunities, playing football for Texas Tech. Great support from Midland and Odessa who came out today. Everyone showed a bunch of love," said Permian High School alumni Desmon Smith.