BYU star linebacker Van Noy to return as senior
Brigham Young will have playmaking linebacker Kyle Van Noy back for another season.
PROVO, Utah -- 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."
"It may shock some people but there are still things to accomplish and I want to stay," Van Noy said. "I want to get better at the college level and I want to help people."
Van Noy said he was told he'd be drafted in the first or second round but "I felt like this was the right thing to do."
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.
He also scored after forcing a fumble in the end zone and following an interception to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Van Noy, who said he's looking forward to early season games against Virginia, Texas and Utah, joins junior receiver Cody Hoffman in deciding to complete his BYU eligibility. Hoffman finished with 100 catches for 1,248 yards and 11 TDs.
Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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