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 2018, 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 2018
“Kalani Sitake is a beloved former player at BYU, but that’s not going to help him erase the bad feelings from 4–9 last year. He’s even (13–13) after two years, and those 13 losses weigh a lot more than the 13 wins at that place."
"I know Kalani wants to make them tougher, have them playing more physical. That’s how he played there, how he was taught to play."
"The defensive line could be pretty good. (Corbin) Kaufusi is a really good player. Long arms and a strong, big body. He’s a problem off the edge because he’s so difficult to block with those long arms."
"I really believe this season will revolve around the offensive line. Those guys couldn’t get a consistent push last year, and there was too much uncertainty in the run game because of it. Not to mention the lack of consistent pass protection."
"Depth has been a real problem there and has prevented them from having valuable competition. If you don’t have guys pushing starters, things get stale when those starters know their jobs aren’t on the line every snap."
"Want to know why QB Tanner Mangum hasn’t played as well as he did in his first season? Not too hard to connect the dots. When you can’t protect, your QB gets hit and starts to make quick decisions — and more damaging, he starts to make bad decisions."
"That tight end (Matt) Bushman was one of the best I saw last year in any conference. Big guy, soft hands, plays hard.”
"They have some pieces around the quarterback no matter who plays."
"They’ve got to find a reliable, dependable run game. Squally Canada can be that guy, and he showed some ability last year. He’s not elite, but he can play a lot better with some help from that offensive line."
"At this point with Kalani, he has to find the quarterback that gives him the best chance to move forward and not endure another non-bowl, ugly season. I thought Joe Critchlow did some good things last year, but he never really got into the flow of games. It always seemed like he was a stop-gap guy, a bridge guy to someone else."