(Grant Wells’ MetroNews Talkline interview)
— Story by Taylor Kennedy
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Grant Wells’ performance against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels last Saturday was nothing short of stellar. Wells’ stepped into the spotlight and started his first game in a Marshall uniform.
In the first half, Wells showed that he was ready to compete at the Division 1 level. By halftime, he threw for all four of his touchdowns. His touchdown passes ranged from 2 to 42 yards. Wells did not think that his first career start would go that way. Grant was a guest on Talkline Friday morning.
“No, I can not say that I expected it to go that way. We knew we were going to come out hot. All of our guys in the locker room were amped up to play. It seemed like we had not played football in forever,” says Wells.
Grant’s performance gained a lot of national attention. He was awarded the Conference USA Player of the Week, Pro Football Focus (PFF) highest graded player nationally, and the Manning Award star of the week. Wells believes that he can keep looking forward and not getting side tracked.
“Yeah, every guy in the locker room knows that was a great opening game. That was an opening game. We still have eight or nine or ten games left. That was a great start. All of our focus is on the next game and the rest of the season,” says Wells.
The Thundering Herd’s next game is not until next Saturday against Appalachian State. Wells and Marshall have already started prepping for the Mountaineers.
“With the new defensive coordinator that came from Louisville, we have been watching a couple of his games. We are excited to watch them play on Saturday, and start preparing for them even more next week,” says Wells.
With the free week, Wells continues to self-examine his game, and find where he needs to improve before the next game.
“One thing that we take really seriously is facing adversity when it comes. Last week, it seems we did not have a lot of adversity, but we know it is coming. It is a great team coming in next week. We are going to face a great defense and offense. When the adversity comes, how are we going to handle it, and that is going to be a big focus this week in practice,” says Wells.
Marshall and East Carolina were suppose to play tomorrow, but due to COVID-19 that game was postponed.
The Thundering Herd will host the Appalachian State Mountaineers next Saturday at 1:30 pm. That will be the Herd’s last non-conference game.