Former Alice quarterback Andres Barrios is hoping to kickstart his college football career at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

After spending the 2017 season redshirted at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Barrios said he is transferring to the San Antonio Div. I university. He is reporting to UIW in August and said he simply wants an opportunity to compete and prove himself.

“It’s just a better opportunity for me,” Barrios said. “I always wanted to go to UIW. That was my first choice, but it didn’t work out in the beginning. I want to help the team be successful in any way that I can, even if it means being on the scout team for a season. This is college football, so you never know what’s going to happen. You can get your number called on the first day. If my number is called, I’ll be ready.”

As a senior at Alice High School in 2017, Barrios signed a national letter of intent with TAMUK. He was redshirted by the Javelinas and played a role on the program’s scout team throughout the season. He was even named the Javelinas’ Scout Team Player of the Week for the second week of the season.

Barrios started for the Coyotes in 2016.  He had a breakout season this past fall. For the season, Barrios finished as the Coastal Bend’s top passer in Class 5A with 259 attempts and 139 completions for 1,877 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had two game-winning drives.

Barrios was the winner of the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week award for the final week of the regular season. In Alice’s Week 11 game against Corpus Christi Moody, Barrios threw for eight touchdown passes and rushed for another to help the Coyotes to a 76-7 victory against Corpus Christi Moody in a District 30-5A interzone match-up in the 2016 season finale in Memorial Stadium. Barrios ended the game by completing 24 of 30 passes for 476 yards. He had completions to four different receivers, each of which finished the game with more than 100 yards in receiving.

These summer months leading up to August are being spent working out and running.

“I’m just working out,” Barrios said. “This is Div. I, so it’s different than Div. II. It’s a big difference. I want to make sure I’m physically and mentally ready.”