BYU Football: Anonymous coaches give the Skinny-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 anonymously diss or diss at various programs across the country.

The hard copy hit newsstands in June, priced at $11.99 a copy. The Intermountain West region issue features BYU quarterback Jaren Hall and Utah QB Cam Rising on the cover, along with Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis.

Athlon recently released a Scouting the Cougars section on its free website with some additional commentary.

Full Disclosure: I write the BYU preview article for the magazine, along with the depth map, rising star, and other features, and have done so for the past three years. However, I am not involved in the What Anonymous Trainers Say segment and am not told the identity of these trainers.

Here’s what Coaches Anonymous had to say about the Cougars this year:

On last year’s 10-3 record

“Kalani (Sitake) changed the identity of this program. If they hadn’t gotten the Big 12 invitation, it’s possible he would have found a Power Five job after last season. The biggest criticism is that their success was buoyed by the hot hand (Zach Wilson) but they came back and looked great last season too.”

About BYU’s investment in the program

“They are investing in the program in a way that they have needed to 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 look like Power Five for the first time. It’s long overdue.”

To the coming season

“They’ve got a year left as independents, and when they’re on that schedule, you can tell they’re drifting week-to-week. They play at the level of their competition, which is good and bad.”

To reigning starting quarterback Jaren Hall

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

About the future of BYU in Big 12

“One thing to watch for over the 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 carries over to the Big 12. So you need a better, physical line game. They honestly used to have a reputation for much meaner linemen. So that team speed is going to be important because they need to prepare to move up to a league where everyone is the same size or bigger and probably faster.”

The Cougars open the 2022 season on September 3 in South Florida.

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