October 13, 2011

Wells likes life at linebacker

In Matthew Wells final two seasons at Lawrence County (Miss.) High School he rushed for 2,402 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Wells was named as a Dandy Dozen selection and recruited by several top programs around the country. Never in Wells' wildest dreams could he imagine two years later he would be a starting linebacker in the Southeastern Conference.

"I didn't expect that I'd be an SEC linebacker," Wells said. "I expected to play on offense and wanted to play on offense. I played defense in high school but it wasn't something that I really wanted to do. I just try to do what's best for the team. It's not that bad and I actually like the position."

Mississippi State signed Wells as an athlete and worked him at several positions before settling in on safety during his redshirt freshman season. But by the spring of 2011 Wells had bulked up to 215-pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame and was moved to outside linebacker.

The move has been beneficial to both Wells and the Bulldogs as he has appeared in all six games this season including a pair of starts. He has made 18 tackles (10 solo, eight assists) including four tackles for loss.

Wells admits he misses having his hands on the ball on offense but began coming around to the idea of linebacker after making two interceptions in one practice back during the spring.

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