BYU football preview: Bronco, team ready to roll

BYU’s expectations are sky-high again entering this season, but you wouldn’t know it watching coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has his team more relaxed than ever before.

“We’re a lot more excited to play football this year,” quarterback Max Hall said. “It just feels right out here — guys are flying around and we’re having fun playing the game. Everyone’s outlook, from the coaches down to the players, is more relaxed and positive than it was last year.”

BYU had endured three consecutive losing seasons when Mendenhall took over in 2005, but a program reboot and an increased focus on tradition have paid off as Mendenhall has guided the Cougars to a 38-13 record as a head coach. Only Florida’s Urban Meyer and LSU’s Les Miles have been more successful than Mendenhall since taking their respective jobs in 2005.

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