Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy holds out the ball as he scores on a 17-yard interception return during the fourth quarter of the Poinsettia Bowl NCAA college football game against San Diego State, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in San Diego. BYU defeated San Diego State 23-6. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
BYU football: Van Noy will return for senior season
College football » He joins Hoffman in coming back for 2013 run
First Published Dec 31 2012 10:37 am • Last Updated Jan 02 2013 04:34 pm

Provo • The biggest playmaker from a BYU defense that ranked among the best in the country last season used the last day of 2012 to announce he is returning in 2013.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy announced Monday that he will remain at BYU for his senior season and not declare for April’s NFL draft. Last Friday, BYU junior receiver Cody Hoffman said he plans on returning as well, meaning the Cougars will have their two best players back from the team that went 8-5 and defeated San Diego State 23-6 in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"I have decided to stay and complete my senior season at BYU," Van Noy said in the release. "I plan to finish what I started and feel like I’ve still got some unfinished business. I am looking forward to being on the field this next season with my Cougar teammates."

Both announcements come as welcome news for the Cougars, who are saying that the 2013 schedule will be the most difficult in school history. The Cougars open the season Aug. 31 at Virginia and also travel to Utah State, Houston, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Hawaii. They will play host to Texas, Utah, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Middle Tennessee State and an opponent not yet named.

Van Noy, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound junior from Reno, Nev., is an Associated Press third-team All-American. He made CBSsports.com’s All-America second team.

Van Noy is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in sacks, tied with four other players. He is tied for second in forced fumbles, and is third in tackles for loss and seventh in blocked kicks.

The Cougars are ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense, and kept six opponents — Washington State, Boise State, Utah State, Hawaii, Georgia Tech and San Diego State — from scoring an offensive touchdown.

Van Noy was named the Poinsettia Bowl MVP after scoring two defensive touchdowns against the Aztecs. His interception return for a TD in the fourth quarter sealed the Cougars’ fourth-straight bowl win.

Hoffman was the offensive MVP and announced his intention last Friday to return to BYU.

"I am proud to announce that I will be returning to BYU for my senior year," Hoffman said after totaling 1,248 yards on 100 catches in 2012.

story continues below
story continues below


Twitter: @drewjay

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.