Head Coach: Tyler Anderson (1st season)

2015 record: 1-9 overall, 1-5 Region 7 (T-5th)

Playoffs: None

Players to Watch: McKay Waite, Sr. WR/DB; Noah Jensen, Jr. RB; Collin Schow, Sr. QB; Mason Abbott, Sr. OL/DL

Outlook: Tyler Anderson was a star at Orem High and BYU then coached the Tigers twice over the past five years. Now, Anderson crosses State Street to become head coach and athletic director at rival Mountain View.

The Bruins have struggled lately but Anderson said he embraces the challenge.

“It’s been a good move so far,” Anderson said. “I’m excited to get a new start. The kids have responded well. They know I’m genuine in saying I plan on staying here and I’m not looking to move or use this job as a stepping stone.”

Anderson’s teams at Orem threw the ball all around the field but the Bruins may rely more on the running game as they develop some new quarterback talent. Senior Collin Schow, junior Nate Suguturaga and Anderson’s freshman son, Deuce, will compete there. Junior running back Noah Jensen has potential.

“Our offensive line is pretty solid,” Anderson said. “We scrimmaged West and Skyline in our padded camp and I saw a lot of good things in the running game.”

Another key contributor for Mountain View will be senior McKay Waite, a versatile player who will see time at defensive back, receiver and kicker.

On tradition: “The biggest thing is letting the kids know I believe in them. Coaches have come in here before and have told them it will take a couple of years to be competitive. Kids aren’t stupid. They don’t like hearing that. My whole thing is, why not this year? It may not happen right away but as a coach, my job is making the kids believe that’s not the case.” -- head coach Tyler Anderson

Darnell Dickson can be reached at ddickson@heraldextra.com. Follow him on Twitter @darnellwrites.

Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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