MISSOULA, Mont. — Former Ashland High football standout Matt Wells has been inducted into the University of Montana Hall of Fame.
Wells entered during a ceremony on Friday.
A 5-foot-7, 160-pound wide receiver and punt returner, Wells played football for Montana from 1992-95. The Grizzlies went 40-12 overall and 22-6 in the Big Sky Conference during the four-year starter’s tenure.
Wells, who lives in Parkville, Missouri, is ranked among Montana’s all-time leaders with 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 23 career receiving touchdowns.
He made the best of his initial opportunity as a freshman, making a (then) career-high 12 catches in the second half in a 27-12 loss at Kansas State.
Wells had a career-high 14 receptions against Delaware in a 1993 home playoff game, while his 90-yard touchdown catch against Boise State in 1995 is the third longest in school history.
He’s also ranked among UM’s career leaders in numerous other statistical categories.
As a senior, he was tabbed a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, and several other organizations, as well as to the Big Sky Conference.
He was the recipient of Montana’s Pat Norwood Award (most inspirational) in 1993 and 1994 and presented the Terry Dillon Award (outstanding back or receiver) in 1995. In 1992 he was chosen the Grizzlies’ outstanding freshman.
Wells was named a Division I GTE Division Academic All-American three times — in 1993, 1994 and 1995 — and he was a four-time all-league academic selection.
He scored the Grizzlies’ only two touchdowns in their 22-20 national championship win at Marshall in 1995.