Wells, 41, is one of the youngest head coaches at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, bringing an energy and youthfulness that helps him connect with his players. Yet, he is wise enough to know his position is as precarious as any in this era of college football. Same with every other FBS coach.
Indeed, medium is good.
"That sign is on my wall," he said. "As a player, you want to be that way; if you score a touchdown, do the chest bumps or high-fives, then it's back to the next series and what you need to do. Off the field, you have to be that way with issues, whether it's a car wreck or how you deal with a young man making the right decisions or as a coach when you are leading from out front in times of struggles. You have to act medium."
But then, here is the catch with Wells. Oftentimes he doesn't act medium. To succeed as a coach, Wells is aware one has to take risks once in a while.
Why else would Wells be gutsy enough to start freshmen in key positions, or fiddle with his lineups, such as playing star linebacker Nick Vigil at running back?
If he didn't have that edge, Wells probably wouldn't have the reputation he has earned of being one of college football's rising coaching stars.
With a 19-9 overall record in two years, Wells was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2019 season. Recently, he was tabbed in a media poll as the best coach in the Mountain West, a recognition he greeted in characteristic fashion.
"I hope that is where I am at the end of the year," he said. "That's when it matters."
Wells can joke about such things, but there has to be some bit of comfort in the validation. Of course, Wells has always seemed destined to be in a coaching position.
Growing up in Sallisaw, Okla., Wells trailed along with his father, Jim, as he served as the announcer for a high school football team. He was known for diagramming plays to whittle away the time.
As an athlete himself, Wells drew the interest of a few schools, including Arkansas. The Razorbacks didn't offer him a scholarship, but he caught the attention of offensive coordinator Charlie Weatherbie — who recruited him to Utah State when he became the Aggies' head coach in 1992.
"He always had an unbelievable desire to be the best at what he does," said Weatherbie, now the executive director of the First Baptist Love Orlando Initiative. "You could see that in him with his desire on the field, and it was a work ethic that carried over from his father and mother."