BYU quarterback Jaren Hall laughs during an interview during BYU football media day in Provo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

One of the highlights of the annual Athlon Sports college football preview is the section that accompanies each team page and allows opposing coaches to anonymously dish, or diss, on various programs throughout the country.

The printed editions hit newsstands in June at the cost of $11.99 per copy. The Intermountain West region edition features BYU quarterback Jaren Hall and Utah QB Cam Rising on the cover, along with Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis.

Recently, Athlon posted the “Scouting the Cougars” segment on its free website, with some additional commentary.

Full disclosure: I write the BYU preview article for the magazine, along with the depth chart, rising star and other features, and have done so the past three years. However, I am not involved in the “what anonymous coaches are saying” segment and am not told the identity of those coaches.

Here’s what the anonymous coaches said about the Cougars this year:

On last year’s 10-3 record

“Kalani (Sitake) has changed the identity of this program. If they didn’t get the Big 12 invite, it is possible he could’ve gone and found a Power Five job after last season. The biggest criticism is that their success was riding the hot hand (Zach Wilson), but they came back and looked great last season, too.”

On BYU’s investment in program

“They’re investing in the program in ways they’ve 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 Power Five for the first time. It’s way overdue.”


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


BYU football: Anonymous coaches give the skinny on BYU football program

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