Matt Wells: We're going to have to stop 'the QB run game (against BYU)' (+video)
Transcript of Utah State football Monday press conference
Utah State football head coach Matt Wells and players Eric Schultz and B.J. Larsen addressed the media prior to Friday night's game against BYU.
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This is a full transcription of today's press conference:
Head coach Matt Wells
Recapping the San Jose State game:
“I thought it was a total team victory. We played really good on defense, especially in the tight red zone. I was really proud of those guys; they really bowed up. When you look at a guy like David Fales who I think has earned every bit of recognition, he deserves it, I don't think he found his rhythm all night and that's a testament to our D-Line, our pressures and our back end coverage.”
“I thought Nevin Lawson played extremely well, had tight coverage all night. I'm happy for him. Both of our inside linebackers (Jake Doughty, Zach Vigil) continue to play at a really high level. They've very productive. Offensively, I thought we ran the ball well and Chuckie (Keeton) was better than the week before.”
“There was a lot of yards and a lot of points, but nit-picking the stuff that we do, I think we left a lot out there. We need to be better in the red zone, we want to score touchdowns every single time and that didn't happen. There's frustration as players and coaches when that doesn't happen because we know we left stuff out there. We're always looking for that utopia performance on offense. We'll always be happy with excellence and we're always striving for perfection, which is hard to obtain. Seven possessions in the red zone, four touchdowns and three field goals, that's 82 percent of the available points. Our goal is to always have 75 percent of the available points, so we reached our goal there, although I would like to have seen it higher. I think we left some yards out there.”
“I thought the O-Line did a really nice job and that our backs ran hard. I was happy with that. Travis Reynolds has played really well two weeks in a row and he was our MVP on offense. Another testament to a young man who continues to practice well, prepare well, doing all the things right there and he ends up playing well ultimately. It's a direct reflection of that. We preach that and I think we're starting to see some of the fruits of different guys' labors.”
“As I look at them, it's stop the run and run the ball. We're going to have to find ways to run the ball on offense and stop the QB run game. Taysom (Hill) is an extremely talented young man, I've got a lot of respect for him. He's a very good athlete, very tough-minded kid who has a lot of intangibles you like to coach. He's the key to that offense; he makes it go.”
“As I look at them from an offensive perspective, looking at their defense, I think they are a very Bronco Mendenhall-coached defense. I have a lot of respect for him and his defensive staff. I've played against him at Tulsa, at New Mexico and every year here. Some things don't change. Schematically, they're very sound in what they do. They run to the football, they tackle well in space, and they play with high-level energy. They're high-effort guys. That is stuff that I don't believe is born into players, it's coached into them. I've got a lot of respect for them and what they do on defense. It's always been a challenge and a tough defense to go find points, find seams and find advantages. I think they do a great job.”
“They're very good in the return game. Special teams wise, our coverage teams will have their work cut out for them. Our kickoff and our punt teams will have to contain those guys. I think they do a good job of that.”
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