Monday afternoon Utah State Aggies head coach Matt Wells participated in the teleconference for the Mountain West title game. The opening statement was a generic one congratulatory toward what Fresno State has done all year.
Wells got into the matchup a bit and knows that this game against Fresno State will be one heck of a game. "The biggest challenge has the Mountain West best offense and Mountain West defense on paper," Wells said on the matchup. "That is the most obvious challenge right there, and our staff will relish that."
He went on even more when he was asked about Fresno State quarterback David Carr who is on his way to likely being a first round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
"Fresno State's offense is an art form. Carr has a canon for an arm and a smooth release and in awe of what Derek Carr can do. He is mobile enough to make needed adjustments to buy him the time." Wells ended his comments on car by saying that he is "really, really talented."
Fresno State's wide receiving group in Josh Harper, Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse are one of the best in the country and make plays. That trio -- pending the health of Harper -- will be a handful on Saturday for the top rated Mountain West offense.
"I don't look at depth," Wells said of the Bulldogs trio of wide outs, "but I do look at talent and they have three guys who can G-O. Fresno State's wide receivers are like the globetrotters on grass."
That is high praise for Wells to heap upon an opposing team's playmakers, however it is a unit that has averaged 24 receptions per game, almost four touchdowns per game and 304 yards per game.
Wells also discussed how his team has been resilient ever since starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton went down with a season-ending knee injury, and that they rallied around freshman Darell Garretson. While the Aggies did lose the game where Keeton went down and then the following game against Boise State they did not give up.
However, Wells and the team did look at the standings each and every Monday to see where they stood, and it worked as they have rolled off five straight wins and bursting with confidence.
The final topic in Wells press conference is how he has been able to keep the train rolling that former head coach Gary Andersen built.
"Gary Andersen set up a great foundation for Utah to succeed long term," Wells said of his former boss. "I changed very little in the recruiting blue print that Andersen set up when he came in here five years ago. "This foundation is not cracked and we're continuing to climb the mountain."
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