Reno's Van Noy Named Defensive Performer of the Year

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PROVO, Utah - BYU junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy has been named the national Defensive Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.

Van Noy led BYU with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, a school record six forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

He finished with 53 tackles while adding five pass breakups, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns to become the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

Brad Smith, executive director of CFPA, raved about Van Noy in a report by the Digital Universe.

“After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it has been determined that Kyle Van Noy was responsible for the most overall defensive success in Division I FBS college football,” Smith said. “As a result, Kyle’s performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for annual recognition.”

Van Noy was named to three All-American teams. He was placed on the second team by CBS sports, and the third team by both the Associated Press and Phil Steele's College Football Review.

He was expected to be a high draft pick had he declared, but instead chose to return to BYU for his senior season.

He was the Sports Caravan Stud of the Year his senior season at McQueen High School in Reno.