Van Noy to return to BYU for senior year

Jan 1 2013 - 4:02pm


Kyle Van Noy
Kyle Van Noy

PROVO -- Brigham Young will have playmaking linebacker Kyle Van Noy back for another season.

The school announced Monday that Van Noy will not declare early for the NFL draft but instead return for his senior season.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Van Noy says he wants to "finish what I started."

"I've decided to stay and complete my senior season at BYU," Van Noy said. "I'm looking forward to being on the field this next season with my Cougar teammates."

Van Noy led BYU's No. 3-ranked defense with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, a school-record six forced fumbles, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, a fumble recovery and two TDs.

He is the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

The playmaking linebacker scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20, earning defensive MVP honors. In addition to his two scores, Van Noy contributed eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a blocked punt.

Van Noy joins junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman in deciding to stay at BYU. Hoffman announced Friday his intention to complete his eligibility before an NFL career.


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