BYU football: Anonymous coaches give the lean on BYU football program

One of the highlights of Athlon Sports’ annual college football preview is the section that accompanies each team page and allows opposing coaches to stream or disband various programs across the country anonymously.

Print editions hit newsstands in June for $11.99 a copy. The Intermountain West region’s edition features BYU quarterback Jaren Hall and Utah QB Cam Rising on the cover, along with Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis.

Recently, Athlon posted the “Scouting the Cougars” segment on its free website, along with some additional commentary.

Full disclosure: I write BYU’s feature article for the magazine, as well as the depth chart, rising star, and other features, and have done so for the past three years. However, I am not involved in the “what the anonymous coaches say” segment and I am not told the identities of these coaches.

Here’s what anonymous coaches have said about the Cougars this year:

On last year’s 10-3 record

“Kalani (Sitake) has changed the identity of this program. If they didn’t get the Big 12 invite, it’s possible he got a job with Power Five after last season. The biggest criticism is that their success was on the hot hand (Zach Wilson), but they came back and looked great last season as well.

On BYU’s investment in the program

“They are investing in the program in a way that they have needed for a long, long time. It looks like the administration knows they have a really great staff and head coach, and they want it to feel like Power Five for the first time. It’s way overdue.

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On the coming season

“They have a year left as an independent, and when they have that schedule, you notice them drifting from week to week. They play at the level of their competition, which is good and bad.

On incumbent quarterback Jaren Hall

“The quarterback is another legit guy, fits their system, throws smart. But I think they’re going to have to push him a bit because they’re missing his back (Tyler Allgeier), and it’s going to hurt at first.

On BYU’s future in the Big 12

“One thing to watch long term is how they recruit and develop their lines and team speed. They play Power Five (schools) every year, but most of that roster will move to the Big 12, so you need a better online physical game. Honestly, they had a reputation for being much meaner linemen. So that team speed will be important because they have to prepare to enter a league where everyone is just as big, or bigger, and probably faster.

The Cougars open the 2022 season Sept. 3 in South Florida.

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