Kyle Van Noy
Brigham Young University Cougars
McQueen High School
Some players are close to irreplaceable and Van Noy is one of those athletes. Not only did the pass rusher excel on the field, but he also made a concerted effort to mentor the younger players on the team that he will leave behind, which only adds to his character and legacy he developed as a Cougar All-American.
Van Noy felt that all of his accomplishments on the field were the direct result of his hard work and dedication to the "BYU Way," where integrity and honor stand out more that tackles and sacks. Still, with a school record 62.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, along with 26.0 sacks tells the true story how this gentleman off the field takes on a different person on the gridiron – where "take no prisoners" became his motto.
Talent evaluators see in Van Noy a player who is best served making tackles on the move. He lacks the raw strength to take on the bigger offensive linemen trying to bull rush, but shows very good ability to take proper angles in pursuit and has the quick hands needed to slip past blocks rather than try to out-battle the blocker.
Van Noy is also very versatile, as he can not only impact the backfield coming off the edge, but as a former prep receiver, he has the loose hips and snap coming out of his breaks to handle even the speedier wide-outs in pass coverage. He is also a quick read-and-diagnose type, as you will not see a quarterback fool him with play action or misdirection.
The Reno, Nevada product played on both sides of the ball at McQueen High School, earning first-team All-State honors as an outside linebacker and H-Back. :"I have great lateral movement on defense," Van Noy stated. "I have pretty good technique and good football IQ. On offense, I run great routes and I can get open fast. I'm also pretty big and can be explosive, but I still want to work on my speed."
As a junior, Van Noy recorded 69 tackles with 24 stops-for-loss, seven sacks, seven fumbles caused and two interceptions. He also amassed 805 yards receiving with 13 touchdowns to earn All-Area and All-Conference honors. As a senior, he managed to pull in 35 passes for 731 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with rushing for 121 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, he had 79 tackles (55 solos), 10 stops-for-loss, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 14 sacks and one interception for a score, leading the team to a 14-0 record along with capturing the Class 4A state championship.
Van Noy was a four-star prospect and considered the 11th-best weak-side linebacker in the country, according to Scout.com. In addition to his football skills, he was an All-Conference pick in track, competing in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Van Noy's Brigham Young career got off to a rocky start, as he was not allowed to suit up in 2009 due to an honor code violation. He played mostly in reserve the following year, but did manage to snag two starting assignments at weak-side linebacker. His first varsity season produced 35 tackles with two sacks and 7.5 stops-for-loss. The All-Independent first-team pick started eight times as a sophomore, delivering 68 tackles while leading the Cougars with seven sacks, 10 QB pressures and 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Van Noy began to receive national attention as a junior, as the All-American third-team choice would start every game during his final two seasons at the school. In 2012, he ranked fifth in the nation with 13 sacks, which is tied for seventh on the school season-record chart. He also finished sixth in the major college ranks with 22.0 stops-for-loss, establishing a new school record in that category. He also contributed 53 tackles and caused six fumbles, three coming on his eight quarterback pressures.
Van Noy finished second in the voting for the CBS Sports National Defensive Player of the Year Award as a senior. The Bednarik Award and Butkus Award semifinalist was in on 70 tackles, third-best on the team in 2013. He placed 21st nationally with a team-high 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage (sixth on the BYU season list), adding four sacks, 14 pressures and seven pass deflections. He would conclude his college career by playing in the 2014 Senior Bowl.
Van Noy started 36-of-52 games at weak-side outside linebacker, registering 226 tackles (153 solos) with 26.0 sacks for minus 192 yards, 62.0 stops for losses totaling 321 yards and 34 quarterback pressures…Caused 11 fumbles, recovered four others and blocked three kicks…Gained 122 yards with a touchdown via seven interceptions and deflected 17 other tosses…Advanced two blocked punts for a total of 39 yards and returned three of his fumble recoveries for touchdowns totaling 47 yards.