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 bulletin board 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 2021, 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 2021
“There’s an argument this was the best G5 team last year, even with the Coastal (Carolina) loss. They didn’t quite have Cincy’s defense, but that offense was really impressive."
"They’re going to regress without [Zach] Wilson because he’s a true generational talent. They don’t have anyone like that coming into this year, no one with his mechanics or his decision-making. He was a polished version of Johnny Manziel."
"The program is better than when [head coach] Kalani Sitake got there, for sure. It’s not just Wilson. The offensive line is more talented and better developed. This isn’t the old, dirty play BYU lines."
"The skill positions are solid, a little bit faster than in recent years we’d seen."
"The front seven is very good. The weakness is the secondary; you can hit them big there."
"There’s going to be a regression for sure because they don’t have Wilson, but even if they lose four games, they’re still going in the right direction because you can see better development across the board."
"I don’t think the offense changes much; [former OC Jeff Grimes] didn’t do the pass install, and they’re promoting from within."
"They had a phenomenal year last season; the downside is that I don’t think anyone wants to schedule them because they can see the improvement.”
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