Matt Wells: 'That's correct, Darell Garretson will start this week'
USU press conference transcript and video
“There are good and bad memories there. We struggled a bit my last year there, but winning the New Mexico Bowl and getting to nine wins in 2007 was cool. I coached two really good receivers (Travis Brown and Marcus Smith) who were both first-team all-MW, the first time it had been done there. They were both 1,000-yard receivers in the same year, so that was special. We've got friends there and (my son) Wyatt was born there, so it will be neat to go see some of that. But this is a business trip. We're going there to compete and win a ballgame and stay on track for some of our goals here. It's different than going to a stadium you've never been to.”
On Kasey Carrier:
“He runs with balance, his lower body is strong, and he's shifty. He's got a good first step and he runs with balance. He's a really good receiver out of the backfield.”
On Nevin Lawson being named MW Defensive Player of the Week:
“I'm really happy for Nevin. The way he's played and the confidence that he's playing with. Nevin has really expanded his game and played well. He's made plays with the ball in the air twice, and that pick six was an awesome play.”
On depth concerns with injuries:
“I've got concerns at every position. We're thin at every position — O-line, quarterback and running back. The only group that's pretty healthy right now is all the wide-outs. I've got a lot of concerns.”
On the lack of experience at tight end without D.J. Tialavea:
“It makes us be a lot more mindful of what we're doing with the tight ends.”
On New Mexico's defense:
“They're a multiple, odd-front defense. I think they play really hard. The two defensive linemen play hard. Jacori (Greer) is active at nose guard, Javarie (Johnson) is long and athletic. He plays the boundary linebacker. They don't play a lot of nickel, they play in their base personnel. They fly around and they play hard. Dante (Caro) comes up and does a nice job from the secondary position.”
On Darell Garretson's interceptions and fixing them:
“Chalk the first one up to being a freshman and chalk the second one up to it happens in the game on a vertical shot. We've got to look back at the receiver a little bit sooner, and he's got to keep the ball a little more outside and up field. The first one will never happen again, you can mark my word on that. It's just a young kid making a mistake, and I can live with that. He won't do it again.
“I thought he kept his composure well, he acted good on the sidelines. When you ask a young quarterback 'What did you see?' after you just saw it, whether from a pressure or secondary situation and he tells you exactly how you saw it, he's dialed in. It gives you good confirmation that he is.”
On Craig Harrison's response to not being the starting quarterback:
“He's very positive. He's a really good teammate. He understands the situation and is ready to go in if and when he has to be called upon.”
On the two blocked field goals in the last two games and the special teams concerns:
“We're trying to make changes and corrections all the time. Those two blocks were in two different spots. There are always corrections and improvements. You've got to get a kickoff in order to get points. I can take it if he misses a field goal, but it's a struggle if they block it. We have to do our very best up front.”
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds
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