Matt Groeschel interviews with media
Matt Groeschel had offers from Division I Universities, he chose to play for UT Permian Basin

Freshman offensive lineman Matt Groeschel was a three-star recruit coming out of high school with multiple offers to play at Division I universities, like Purdue. He chose to play for UT Permian Basin. 

"The opportunity to play college ball is a dream come true," he said. "Having the chance to write history is one thing none of the other schools could offer. 

If you can't tell by looking at the 6'5" freshman from Greenwood -- football is in his blood.

"My dad's dad played for the Buffalo Bills before they were the Buffalo Bills. It's neat to be able to continue the family name through football," Groeschel said.

Though this year, instead of protecting the QB out on the field, Groeschel is earning his keep from the sidelines; he is a red-shirt this year. Groeschel sees it as a good thing -- it's a season to focus on learning from upperclassmen.

"It's all part of the process," Groeschel said. He reminds himself of that sentiment daily, all he has to do is look down.

"I have a bracelet that says, 'quit complaining, no excuses,'" he said. "This isn't going to be the hardest part of life. There's no excuse to give up. Keep pounding and keep going."

He calls it a year of growth -- waiting in line for his turn.

"I'm just waiting for my number to be called. I can't wait for that moment," Groeschel said.