Wells, Bulldogs Not Yet Satisfied

Matt Wells was considered one of the top running back prospects in the state of Mississippi during his senior year at Lawrence County High School. Wells signed on with Mississippi State and took his first snaps at safety before dropping down into the front seven as a linebacker. The move closer to the line of scrimmage has proven to be beneficial to both Wells and the Bulldogs.

Matthew Wells has recorded 37 tackles this fall to go along with a team leading seven passes defended. The senior has been able to remain one of the Bulldogs leaders in tackles despite sharing reps with the 1B defense.

"We have the 1A and 1B thing going," said Wells. "We can rotate all 11 if we can or if we have to. It's a big thing as far as lasting a whole game."

As some injuries have impacted the Bulldogs' depth chart at linebacker over the course of the last couple of weeks, Wells has been eager to increase his own workload to help the team earn a victory.

"It's not really a big deal," said Wells of having to take more reps. "I know if they (were able) to play they could. I don't mind stepping up and playing more snaps or more plays every game if I have to."

Bulldog backer Dezz Harris was lost for the season during the Auburn game and senior Zach Jackson was unavailable last week against Arkansas.

As a result of the lack of depth in the linebacking corps, the decision was made to allow true freshman J.T. Gray see his first college action. Gray responded with three special teams tackles including one on his first official play as a Bulldog.

"It was a great thing to see him fly down the field as fast as he is," said Wells. "We both play the same position. He's just the future of the defense, one of the future guys for the defense."

Ranked #1 and standing alone as the SEC's lone unbeaten, Mississippi State has to prepare to absorb every team's best shot. This weekend, the Bulldogs try on the Skyhawks of Tennessee-Martin for size.

"We know that they are going to come in and try to give us their best game," said Wells. "They are going to come in and try to throw a gadget in here or there. We just gotta know our plays and know basically what they do. We just have to play our game."

Most oddsmakers expect Mississippi State to emerge from the weekend undefeated and ranked #1 as they prepare for a road trip to Tuscaloosa next week.

Wells reports that he nor his team are satisfied with just winning nine games to start their season.

"I'm not and I know a lot of other players are not either," explained Wells. "We have a big senior class this year, so we all have the same expectations you know. 8-0 is fine, but 9-0 is fine too. We want to win it all."

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