LOGAN — Utah State football coach Gary Andersen has named Matt Wells as the Aggies' new offensive coordinator.
"I'm very excited and humbled for this opportunity that Coach Andersen has given me to lead the Utah State offense," Wells said in a released statement. "We will continue to emphasize the physicality and importance of the run game that we have established, and will place greater emphasis on the vertical passing game and taking shots down field. We want to be a dynamic offense that is up-tempo and aggressive in all areas that is exciting to watch and for our players to play in."
Wells, a 1996 Aggie alum, was a three-year letterman at quarterback for Utah State, and will be entering his second year on the Aggie staff. In 2011 he coached the USU quarterbacks in 2011.
"Matt is very prepared for this position, and he's youthful," Andersen said. "While he's 38 years old, he has a lot of coaching experience, he's a first-time coordinator, but he's well-prepared to take the next step," Andersen said. "He has a great staff surrounding him with T.J. Woods, Ilaisa Tuiaki and Jovon Bouknight. They all work extremely well together. It will definitely be a group effort, but Matt has a lot of experience. He has been in several different programs, so he has a lot to pull from to be a great coordinator and is excited for the opportunity. I believe that he is well-prepared for the position. If I ever have the opportunity to promote from within, whether it is a coordinator or assistant coach position, I will always look within first, and this is perfect fit for our philosophy."
Andersen said that running backs coach Tuiaki will handle the running backs and the tight ends, while Woods and Bouknight will remain with the offensive line and wide receivers, respectively. The NCAA is changing a rule that will allow teams to have four graduate assistants, and Andersen said he expects to use one of those positions to work with the tight ends.
Wells, a 38-year old native of Sallisaw, Okla., takes over control of the Aggie offense after Dave Baldwin left USU for Colorado State.