Matt Wells: 'That's correct, Darell Garretson will start this week'
USU press conference transcript and video
“The bottom line is, the offense didn’t come out the right way like we should have. Coach Wells stressed to us all week that we have to come out and execute because we have a couple key players that we lost due to injury. I go out there and tell my guys that we can cry all we want, but great teams find a way to win. This game is not about one person; it’s about the team. If we want to continue to reach our goals we have to play as a team and execute as a team. In the Boise State game we didn’t do that. Going into this week, we know we lost a game in the conference and Boise State has lost a game in the conference. If we want to continue to have a shot at this, we will have to win out and that’s our objective now. We’re going into this New Mexico game with high intensity and we’re preparing to execute the right way, unlike we have been the last two games. I feel like we’re going to be fine. There are some things that we’ve got to clean up, a whole lot of things that we have to clean up, and we’ll be good.”
On when he knew senior tight end D.J. Tialavea was injured and out for the season:
“I didn’t know that D.J. was out until the day of the game. We had meetings and a little walk-through and coach (Jovon) Bouknight shared that with us. He informed us that D.J.’s foot got worse and he’s going to be out. That’s a devastating blow to our offense because he’s a big part of it.”
On the wide receiver group being one of the only groups to remain healthy this season:
“(Travis) Van Leeuwen and I have really put this group on our back. Our toughness and playmaking ability has really carried over to each and every person in that room. Everybody in there is embracing that and becoming playmakers. Coach Bouknight prides himself on us being tough and being the team to carry this Utah State team, we just take pride in that.”
On assuming more of a leadership role:
“That all goes back to my grandfather saying, ‘You want to leave everything out there on the field,’ and I think about that each and every day. As me and (Travis) Van Leeuwen are leading this young group of receivers, we always tell those guys, ‘There are going to be rough days, but it’s how you overcome those tough times that makes you a better player.’ Being coachable and taking the technique that we are being taught is what matters. I’m just trying to be that leader that this team needs.”
On the differences between Craig Harrison and Darell Garretson:
“Both of them are similar and both throw the ball very well. Craig is a little bit more experienced than Darell. There are some things that he would do that Darell wouldn’t and some things that Darell would do that he wouldn’t. It doesn’t matter who they put out there at the end of the day, we’ve just got to execute.”
On fixing some of the turnover problems:
“That’s basically just shooting ourselves in the foot, like I said, execution. We’re not executing right, we’re not playing as a team on offense, and we just need to get back to that as a team. This week we’re going to go back to the film and correct those mistakes and come together as a unit.”
On if he’s seen much of New Mexico on film yet:
“I haven’t seen much of them at all. Today we had meeting, but it was to go over the film and correct the things that we did so we can move on to this New Mexico game. I’m going down this afternoon to evaluate film and I should know more about them then.”
On the receiver corps evaluating themselves:
“Anytime you have a game like that, you always want to go back and look at your mistakes so you can correct them for future reference. As an offense, we are known to execute so even when games are good for us we always want to go back and look at little things so we can be perfect on them. We just continue to evaluate film and correct those mistakes.”
On Nevin Lawson being the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week:
“Nevin week-in-and-week-out is always a hard worker, so that didn’t surprise me. I knew he would probably be the defensive player of the week this week because he has worked hard all season. I’ve been going up against Nevin since high school, so I know his work ethic and he knows mine.”
On how close he is with Nevin Lawson:
“We’re very close. When we go home (to Florida), I can basically walk down to his house and hang out with his family. My family is up here right now, and he was just up chatting with them yesterday. I feel like all of us Florida boys are very close.”
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