Joey DeMartino Named Offensive MVP With 143 Rushing Yards; Doughty Tabbed Defensive MVP With Eight Tackles, Forced Fumble
Utah State 70, Weber State 6
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USU football head coach Matt Wells held a news conference Monday to recap the Air Force game and preview its Homecoming game against Weber State.
Senior running back Joey DeMartino carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards.
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Matt Wells has wasted little time putting his stamp on the Aggie football program as head coach, as Utah State is 19-9 during his two years at the helm, including a 13-3 Mountain West record. Those 19 wins are a school-record by a USU coach in his first two seasons and he already ranks as the 11th-winningest coach in school history, while his 67.9 winning percentage ranks second all-time in school history with a minimum of 15 games coached.
During his four years at Utah State, which includes two years as an assistant, Wells has been part of a program that has played in four-straight bowl games and won three-straight bowls, both of which are school records, while posting a 37-17 record.
Furthermore, Utah State is one of just four programs to win 30 games and record three bowl victories in the past three seasons joining Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon.
During the 2014 season, Wells led Utah State to 10 wins to rank as the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished with an 11-2 record. USU also played in its fourth-straight bowl game in 2014 and won its third-straight bowl.
In his second year as Utah State’s head coach, Wells mentored 15 players who earned 16 all-Mountain West honors, which were the most in the league and tied for the third-most in school history. Wells also mentored two All-Americans in 2014 in Zach Vigil and Jalen Davis. Vigil was named an All-American by four different publications, including being named a USA Today Sports second-team All-American, while Davis was named a true freshman All-American by 247Sports. Along with earning All-American honors, Vigil was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
In his first season as head coach, Wells led Utah State to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 record in 2013. Wells also led Utah State to just its third-ever bowl victory as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
For his efforts, Wells was named the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year as he set the school record for wins by a first-year head coach. The Aggies finished the season with a 9-5 record, tying the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history at the time.
Overall, Wells is the fifth USU coach in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors along with Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991), John L. Smith (1997) and Gary Andersen (2012). Wells is also the fourth individual to earn MW Coach of the Year honors in his first season along with BYU’s Gary Crowton (2001), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun (2007).
During his first year as Utah State’s head coach, Wells mentored 14 Aggies who earned various all-Mountain West honors, including three All-Americans as Tyler Larsen was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, Nevin Lawson was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness, and Kyler Fackrell was named an honorable mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News.
Wells also coached a school-record four players who were invited and participated in the 2014 NFL Combine in Larsen, Lawson, Maurice Alexander and D.J. Tialavea, while a total of 16 players from the 2013 and 2014 rosters were invited to NFL/CFL camps, including Alexander (St. Louis Rams) and Lawson (Detroit Lions), who were both selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wells, who is the 17th-youngest head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level and one of 14 coaches to lead his alma mater, is just the second Utah State graduate to be appointed its head football coach joining Chris Pella, who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85.
Prior to being named the head coach at his alma mater, Wells spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State, including serving as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2012 campaign. In 2011, Wells coached USU’s quarterbacks and was the team’s recruiting coordinator.
As offensive coordinator in 2012, Utah State concluded its most successful season in school history as it went 11-2 and set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll for three-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936 during the 2012 campaign and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. All-time, Utah State has won or shared 11 league championships.
As offensive coordinator in 2012, Wells directed an Aggie offense that set single-season school records for total points (454), total offense (6,108 yards), completions (285) and total yards per game (469.8), while ranking second in points per game (34.9) and total passing yards (3,445).
Nationally, Utah State’s 2012 offense ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference and 23rd in the country in total offense (469.8 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (153.21), second in the WAC and 25th in the nation in rushing offense (204.8 ypg), third in the WAC and 31st in the nation in sacks allowed (1.38 pg), third in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in scoring offense (34.9 ppg), and third in the WAC and 39th in the nation in passing offense (265.0 ypg).
Under Wells, Utah State finished the 2012 season scoring 38 or more points in each of its final seven games, bettering the previous school record of 38-plus points in three-straight games accomplished six times and most recently in 2000.
In 2012, Wells coached current Aggie senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who earned first-team all-WAC honors after setting single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completion percentage (.676), completions (275) and total offense (3,992 yards). Keeton also earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times in 2012, which is a single-season school record.
Under Wells’ tutelage, Keeton has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and currently ranks first in school history in career completion percentage (.654), second in career touchdown passes (58), second in career completions (568), third in career total offense (7,621 yards), third in career passing yardage (6,387), fourth in career passing attempts (869) and 20th in career rushing yards (1,234).
As the quarterbacks coach in 2011, Wells helped Utah State’s offense establish then-school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).
Wells, a former Aggie quarterback and three-year letterwinner from 1994-96, was a member of two conference championship teams as a student-athlete as he was a redshirt freshman in 1993 when Utah State tied for first in the Big West Conference and defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl for its first-ever bowl win. As a senior in 1996, Wells helped USU to another share of the Big West Conference title.
Wells, who has been a part of eight bowl teams and two conference championships during his coaching career, came to Utah State after two coaching stints at New Mexico, serving as the Lobos’ wide receivers and kickoff return unit coach in 2010 and wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2008. In 2009, Wells served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Louisville.
Prior to his first stint at New Mexico, Wells spent five years (2002-06) as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Tulsa and five years at the U.S. Naval Academy (1997-2001) as its quarterbacks coach, fullbacks coach and wide receivers coach, while also serving as the junior varsity head coach and offensive coordinator for three years.
Wells, a native of Sallisaw, Okla., received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Utah State in 1996, graduating cum laude. He and his wife Jen have two daughters, Jadyn (12) and Ella (9), and one son, Wyatt (6). His brother, Luke, is Utah State’s co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
MATT WELLS FILE Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Head Coach 2012 Utah State - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2011 Utah State - Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator 2010 New Mexico - Wide Receivers 2009 Louisville - Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator 2007-08 New Mexico - Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator 2002-06 Tulsa - Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 1997-01 Navy - Quarterbacks/Fullbacks/Wide Receivers/ J.V. Head Coach
Bowl Games: Utah State - New Mexico, 2014; Poinsettia, 2013; Famous Idaho Potato, 2012; Famous Idaho Potato, 2011 New Mexico - New Mexico, 2007 Tulsa - Armed Forces, 2006; Liberty, 2005; Humanitarian, 2003
Conference Championships Utah State - WAC: 2012 Tulsa - Conference USA: 2005
Playing Experience: 1993-96 Utah State - Quarterback
Bowl Games as Player 1993 Las Vegas
Education: 1996 Utah State - Business Marketing (Cum Laude)
Family: Wife, Jen; Daughters - Jadyn (11), Ella (8); Son - Wyatt (5).
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