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

USU press conference transcript and video

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  • Mad Martigan SLC, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 9:38 a.m.


    The secondary has been a bit suspect, but I blame their performance partially on our lack of pass rush. No secondary can hold D1 Receivers and QBs for more than a few seconds. Some one is eventually going to get open. Boise state and BYU both have excellent O-lines. We will be playing teams with lesser D and O lines very soon.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    @Mad Martigan

    I've explained it already.


    Nice try but you aren't getting to me. Who is that "esteemed" commetor you are talking about?

  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    I temper my expectations because our secondary cannot figure out which receivers to cover. I saw Glover-Wright get burned on 4 straight plays which led to a TD against Boise State. I saw Rashard Stewart pick the wrong guy to cover which led to a crucial Boise State 3rd and 20 conversion which led to another TD. I saw Mitch Matthews get into wide open space 3 times in the BYU game.

    I'm not upset with the offense, it's hard to find a groove after losing so many players. But the secondary is NOT keeping us in games. It is good that they have a great opportunity to shore up problems and weaknesses against UNM, but I honestly would be ecstatic to win 6 games this year. At the beginning of the year I had hoped for 8, but Boise State and BYU proved too much for us without Keeton.

    Stinks, but there it is.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    Now, now Mars... I agree with almost everything you said. But 6 wins? Even an injury-laden Aggie squad is better than that.

    Think about it: New Mexico is a dream match-up for us. Hawaii is horrendous, UNLV isn't that much better than last year (and they will likely go on a 3-game skid before they face us), and both CSU and Wyoming have been extremely inconsistent.

    Mixed in with a couple of bye weeks, I really don't see us losing anymore games this season (maybe Wyoming... depends on which team shows up).

    We still have the best defense in the Mountain West. The rest of the teams will have a very hard time cracking it.

  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    I've finally put it into words:

    Criticism is only useful and productive when given by someone who genuinely has the best interests of the person/thing they're criticizing at heart. If you criticize and point out flaws because you want someone or something to get better, when they finally address those things you criticize, you'll be happy.

    A few of our esteemed commentators do nothing of the sort. It is irksome and frustrating that they withhold praise, fault find, and are so unforgiving of unnamed past sins committed by no one who participates on these comment boards.

    I am frustrated by USU's play lately, though I understand the injuries change the dynamic of the game. I think they get it together for this second half of the season now that the rough part of the schedule is over. If we somehow limp along to a 4-5 win season, then we will have really been a lousy football team - injuries included.

    But I think we win 3-4 of the next 5 games and finish with 6 wins.

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 16, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Chris Utah State lost because of an onside kick

  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    I haven't shown my ugly face around here after the BYU and Boise State games because I can't stand the constant barrage of negative pronouncements on USU football. It's frustrating that the moderators on DesNews say they welcome thoughtful comments, but two of the Aggies' greatest "fans" do nothing but disparage the football team and the fans.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I agree Big Blue. Bowling for the third year in a row. And that was all I was expecting this year anyway. Growing pains (and injuries) were basically inevitable this season.

    @Mad Martigan

    Don't be too surprised when one of the two board "residents" goes ape since you asked that question.

    I've learned one of them has a lot of similarities to the T-Rex from "Jurassic Park": If you just plain ignore it and don't move from that position, eventually it will go away. Give it a try, man. The quality of my life has gone up substantially.

  • Mad Martigan SLC, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    The Aggies will go bowling. They play a very easy latter half of the schedule and have the players to do it. Why are you so down on the Aggies Stang08?

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    @Go Big Blue

    What proof do you have? Is it just a gut feeling? If so, you are sadly mistaken.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    Aggies will go bowling for the third straight year.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Does it make a difference who starts? They have underpreformed as predicted and they can't win the conference or make a bowl without Keeton. And he never proved that he is the "Best QB in the state" anyway. So really it makes no difference who is starting the rest of the season. The aggie season is over.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    I think this is a way to see what the Aggies can do without their Star quarterback. If Garretson does good enough he could be a good challenger for the conference champs. 2012 was good for USU like 2009 for Ute's or 1980's for BYU. Let's see if they can keeping improving than falling off the edge for a few years like the Ute's did when they joined the PAC 12.

  • Mad Martigan SLC, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    All teams face adversity, as the Aggies have with several of their best offensive starters. This will be a bowl year for USU and a positive one for continuing to build the tough USU brand that GA left the Aggies with. This team will get better in every game. Go Aggies!

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Good luck to Garretson. I think he'll be able to help us win out the weaker part of the schedule. He shows some real promise.

    @Chris B

    If USU will only see undefeated seasons and top 10 finishes in the fans' wildest dreams, then why do you even pay attention to little old Utah State in the first place?

    Please just leave us alone. Many of the comments you post on the USU and BYU portions of the site are borderline spam anyway. How many different screen names can a guy want/need anyway?

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 1:36 p.m.

    Even with Chuckie, its clear this usu team is the third best team in Utah. It was a fun little year for them last year, their fans got big eyes as they very momentarily played like a big boy team, and more likely than not will return to a fun little regional program that will only see national glory(see undefeated seasons, top 10 finishes) in their wildest dreams.