CAREER: Seasoned, athletic junior linebacker expected to compete for a starting spot in 2013 … Has played in all 26 games of his two-year career, seeing time on special teams and as a linebacker . . . Has recorded 70 total tackles during his first two seasons on campus.
2012: Posted 34 tackles in 13 games . . . Earned a start at outside linebacker in four of the first five games of the season . . . Filled up the defensive stat sheet with one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, two pass breakups a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries . . . Recorded a career-high 10 tackles against Texas A&M . . . Posted four tackles each of the first two weeks of the season.
2011: All-SEC Freshman nominee who played in all 13 games, including three starts . . . Totaled 36 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry . . . Registered five tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss in his first start in the season debut at Memphis . . . Credited for a tackle for loss in the SEC opener at Auburn . . . Notched a career-high six tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss in the win vs. Louisiana Tech at home . . . Made five tackles in the homecoming victory against UT Martin . . . Totaled three tackles in the Music City Bowl victory against Wake Forest, including one behind the line of scrimmage.
2010: Sat out his freshman year as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as the No. 4 Most Wanted Prospect in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . . . Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game . . . Listed as the No. 6 prospect in the state regardless of position by Scout.com . . . A four-star prospect and the No. 17 running back in the nation according to Scout.com . . . The No. 11 prospect in the state on the Mississippi Press Fantastic 15 . . . Preseason member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen . . . Named First-Team All-State in Class 4A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Despite missing four games during senior season due to injury, finished with 1,050 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns . . . Also credited with 36 tackles and four interceptions . . . Rushed for 1,352 yards as a junior on 113 carries and scored 21 touchdowns . . . Also starred on the Lawrence County High School basketball team . . . Committed to Mississippi State over Ole Miss in January of 2010 . . . Had offers from Southern Miss, Tennessee and Stanford.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew Sean Wells on Nov. 26, 1990 . . . Son of Perrin Wells and LaTriece Smith.
WELLS’ Career Highs
Total Tackles – 10, vs. Texas A&M (11-3-12)
Assisted Tackles – 9, vs. Texas A&M (11-3-12)
Solo Tackles – 4, (2x) last vs. Jackson State (9-1-12)
Tackles For Loss – 2.0, vs. LA Tech (9-24-11)
Sacks - 1, vs. Jackson State (9-1-12)
Pass Breakups - 1, (3x) last vs. Auburn (9-8-12)
Interceptions - 1, vs. Jackson State (9-1-12)
Interception Return - 22, vs. Jackson State (9-1-12)
Interception Return Yards - 22, vs. Jackson State (9-1-12)
Forced Fumble - 1, vs. Auburn (9-8-12)