Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Luke Wells is in his third season as Utah State’s co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his first two seasons at Utah State, the Aggies have posted a 19-9 record, including a 13-3 Mountain West mark, and notched bowl wins against No. 24 Northern Illinois (21-14) in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and against UTEP (21-6) in the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
In 2014, Utah State’s tight end combination of senior Jefferson Court and sophomore Wyatt Houston combined to catch 25 passes for 204 yards (8.2 ypr) with five touchdowns. Houston finished the year ranking fifth on the team in both receptions (19) and yards (178), while Court ranked tied for second on the team in receiving touchdowns (3).
Following the 2014 season, Court was the 37th player selected in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft by the Ottawa Redblacks.
During the 2013 season, Wells was part of an Aggie offense that set school records for pass completions (297), total offensive plays (1,073), touchdown passes (30) and first downs (310), while its 445 points scored and 481 pass attempts both rank second all-time. Furthermore, USU’s 56 total touchdowns rank third all-time and its 31.7 points per game average ranks fifth all-time in school history.
Utah State’s tight ends also set the single-season school record for touchdown receptions in 2013 with nine as D.J. Tialavea and Keegan Andersen each had three, while Houston had two and Kyler Fackrell had one. The previous record was seven set in 1993.
As tight ends coach, Wells mentored Tialavea, who was invited and participated in the 2014 NFL Combine and signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL despite missing the final eight games of the season due to injury. Tialavea is currently on the Atlanta Falcons' roster.
Prior to joining Utah State’s staff, Wells spent four seasons at Iowa State (2009-12) working with the tight ends for two years after coaching the wide receivers during his first two seasons. Wells also helped the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl games as they played in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers and the 2012 Auto Zone Liberty Bowl against Tulsa.
At Iowa State, Wells mentored Cyclone tight end Ernst Brun, who earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors as he caught 26 passes for 330 yards (25.4 ypg) with six touchdowns. Brun was also named ISU’s Offensive Player of the Game at the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl as he had four receptions for 102 yards, which included a 69-yard touchdown. Brun is currently in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
As wide receivers coach at Iowa State during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Wells coached wide receivers Darius Darks and Darius Reynolds, who finished their careers combining for 208 receptions for 2,396 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wells also coached Josh Lenz who had 96 receptions for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns during his ISU career. Lenz is now with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.
Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Wells spent six years at Louisiana-Monroe serving as an offensive graduate assistant in 2003 before being elevated to a full-time assistant coach from 2004-08. During his last two years at ULM, Wells served as the Warhawks’ recruiting coordinator, as well as wide receivers coach, and helped bring in the highest-rated recruiting classes in school history.
The Louisiana-Monroe offense posted the highest scoring average in the school’s NCAA FBS history in 2008 as Warhawk wide receiver Anthony McCall set a school record for freshman touchdown receptions that season.
Wells took over the wide receivers at ULM in 2007 and mentored all-Sun Belt second-team selection LaGregory Sapp, who led the league in yards per reception with 19.6 on 40 catches for 784 yards. In all, Warhawk receivers caught 16 touchdown passes that year.
In 2004 and 2005, Wells worked with the tight ends and all-Sun Belt first-teamer Joey Trappey, who was the top receiving tight end in the conference with 42 receptions for 425 yards.
Prior to ULM, Wells coached wide receivers at Denton High School in Texas, helping his team win the 2002 bi-district title.
Before that, Wells was a student assistant at Oklahoma from 1999-2001 as the Sooners won the 2000 Big 12 Conference crown and national title. Wells worked under several outstanding coaches during his time at OU including Bob Stoops, Mike Leach and Mark Mangino.
Wells earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma in secondary education in 2002 and did graduate work at ULM. He is married to the former Coby Groves and the couple has one son, Walker (8), and one daughter, Kinsley (6). His brother, Matt, is USU’s head football coach.
LUKE WELLS FILE Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Co-Offensive Coordinator/TE's/Recruiting Coordinator 2009-12 Iowa State - Tight Ends/Wide Receivers 2004-08 Louisiana Monroe - Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 2003 Louisiana Monroe - Offensive Graduate Assistant 2002 Denton HS (Denton, Texas) - Wide Receivers 1999-2001 Oklahoma - Offensive Student Assistant
Bowl Games: Utah State - New Mexico, 2014; Poinsettia, 2013 Iowa State - Auto Zone Liberty, 2012; New Era Pinstripe, 2011; Insight, 2009 Oklahoma - Independence, 1999; Orange, 2000; Cotton, 2001
Playing Experience: 1997-99 Oklahoma - Quarterback
Education: 2001 Oklahoma - Secondary Education
Family: Wife, Coby; Son - Walker (7); Daughter - Kinsley (5).
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