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 or overused cliches used throughout the offseason or regular season.
In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2016, Athlon asked coaches around the nation to talk anonymously about their opponents.
Note: These scouting reports come directly from coaching staffs and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.
Coaches Anonymously Scout BYU for 2016
“I really don’t know what’s going to happen with BYU and the new staff, but they’ve always been disciplined and played extremely hard. You know you’ll get their best effort. They’re an older team with guys coming back from Mormon missions, so you’re putting out 18- and 19-year-olds against their 22- and 23-year-olds and they always play on that physical edge.”
“Tanner Mangum is very, very talented. With the other kid coming back [Taysom Hill], I imagine it will be an interesting battle to see if they can fit both of them into a role because they are so different in their skill sets.”
“I think it’s a good team, but their schedule is a bear. They’re sort of the inverse of everyone else where their tough games are early and it puts them in a bind because they don’t have a conference championship to play for.”
“I know [Kalani Sitake] is well-respected, especially for his defense, which to me is what made BYU so difficult to prepare for. It wasn’t their offensive approach. They had those tall receivers who could go up and catch deep balls, but I thought their offense was pretty vanilla, to be honest.”
“Their defensive philosophy was so exotic to BYU and [Bronco] Mendenhall. Does the new guy have the same approach? It was tough to prepare for in a week because they were so multiple with their pressures and coverages. It’s not the typical Cover 2 you see that everybody else plays. It’s some weird version to get there, something you haven’t seen.”