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Matt Wells: 'That's correct, Darell Garretson will start this week'

USU press conference transcript and video

By Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15 2013 1:30 p.m. MDT

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LOGAN — Matt Wells addressed the media Monday as part of his weekly press conference.

In that conference, he addressed a number of questions, not the least of which was the naming of Darell Garretson as the starter for this week's Mountain West football game against the New Mexico Lobos.

Here is a transcript of that press conference, along with quotes from senior receiver Travis Reynolds and senior defensive tackle AJ Pataiali’i, as provided by USU Athletic Media Relations.

Head coach Matt Wells

Recapping the Boise State game:

“There were a couple points in the Boise State game where I just didn't feel like we took a couple of opportunities. They ended up, ultimately, not allowing us to get back into the game. In the first half we had a couple of midfield positions and only came away with one score. As the second quarter wore down, we used our timeouts, got a punt block — which was a great block by Devin Centers. We threw two fade balls in the end zone and didn't come down with either one of them on plays I thought we could have and should have made. I have no problem calling those again. Then there was the blocked field goal. It was a good job by them, just not good enough protection on our part. I thought those two different opportunities and not getting the position or points made it a lot more of an uphill battle in the second half.

“As I told you after the game, I don't think we quit. I've seen the tape three times now and I know we didn't quit. There are some things to take away from that. A 91-yard drive there at the end, even when the outcome looks inevitable, is a big positive on our end. There are things to improve on and there are things to correct, just like we always do after a win or a loss. We've got to move on. That's a good team and they took advantage of it. There were miscues on both sides of the ball and they made us pay. That's what good teams do, and they're a good team.”

Looking ahead to New Mexico:

“The biggest thing that stands out to me is coach (Bob) Davie brought a good attitude in there and rallied those kids. I think they play hard, they play with great effort, and they run the football really well. Their O-line does a nice job. Kasey Carrier, I've known him since I coached there, is a really good back. I've got a lot of respect for him and what he does. It will be a big challenge, one that is similar to Air Force only in the fact that they run it a lot. The challenge for our whole team is to bounce back from back-to-back losses and go on the road against a Mountain West opponent, and to be able to stay in the race and the bowl hunt and all that goes within that. We have to do this and regroup and bounce back on the road in Albuquerque.”

On Darell Garretson being listed as the starting quarterback for this game:

“That's correct, Darell will start this week. As you go back and evaluate it, I thought Darell came in in the third quarter when I didn't think we had any momentum and kind of needed a boost to tilt it back in our favor. He struggled a little bit with the first couple series, but I thought he gained composure and played well down the stretch. In that last drive, there are a lot of pluses to that for him. I thought he was pretty calm from a communication standpoint with the plays and the signals. I thought he carried himself well, and I'm excited about seeing what he'll do this week.”

On returning to New Mexico since coaching there:

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