BYU Football: Coaches Anonymously Scout the Cougars

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Riley Nelson looks to lead BYU to another 10-win season in 2012.

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It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2012, Athlon asked coaches around the nation to talk anonymously about BYU.

Opposing Coaches Anonymously Scout BYU

“Well, Jake Heaps is gone. Kid was the top-ranked high school quarterback at one point, and now he’s off to Kansas to play for Charlie Weis. I’ll be interested to see how that goes.

Riley Nelson is now the guy at quarterback. He probably feels less pressure now; he is no longer competing against the big recruit, the guy that every fan wanted to see in there. Nelson is a talented kid.

They put together a pretty nice schedule for an Independent team. They’ve got three Pac-12 schools (Washington State, Utah and Oregon State), an ACC school (Georgia Tech) and Notre Dame.

Michael Alisa did a good job for them (at running back).  He’s got decent size (6'1", 213). He’s a nice player.

(Cody) Hoffman, the receiver, is a big kid. Can be a tough matchup for the defense. He made some big plays for them last year. I know he played well in the bowl game.

This was not a great team last year. I know they won 10 games, but the schedule was pretty soft, and they won a bunch of close games. Give them credit — 10 wins is still 10 wins, but I’d be surprised if they did again, especially with a more difficult schedule.

Bronco (Mendenhall) always does a nice job with the defense. They are really good at what they do, and the guys buy into their system. They are solid.”

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