BYU football: Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy is on the fast track toward greatness

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 8:11 p.m. MDT

Meanwhile, opposing offenses will be game-planning this season to prevent Van Noy from wreaking havoc on the field. But that could help the Cougar defense overall.

"Obviously, it's about the team," Poppinga said. "He'll get a lot more attention than he got last year, and a lot of focus will be on him. He'll free up a lot of other guys."

When Poppinga played at BYU, opposing offenses focused on stopping outside linebackers Bryan Kehl and David Nixon, which allowed defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen to record a school-record 14 sacks in 2007.

"It's a similar situation," Poppinga said. "You might not see the direct results of what (Van Noy) is doing, but the team will because of the attention he's going to get."

BYU CAMP REPORT

Day 4: The Cougars practiced in helmets and shorts on Monday morning. BYU will don half pads Tuesday and Wednesday before going full pads on Thursday for the scrimmage.

Standouts: Quarterback Riley Nelson completed 8-of-8 passes during 11-on-11 drills, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to running back David Foote.

Injuries: No new injuries Monday. Tight end Devin Mahina, who suffered a broken hand last week, underwent successful surgery.

Overheard: "I have learned that the health of a team is really important. But I've also learned that being able to play enough live football plays in really important. It's a delicate balance."

— Coach Bronco MendenhallBYU CAMP REPORT

Day 4: The Cougars practiced in helmets and shorts on Monday morning. BYU will don half pads Tuesday and Wednesday before going full pads on Thursday for the scrimmage.

Standouts: Quarterback Riley Nelson completed 8-of-8 passes during 11-on-11 drills, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to running back David Foote.

Injuries: No new injuries Monday. Tight end Devin Mahina, who suffered a broken hand last week, underwent successful surgery.

Overheard: "I have learned that the health of a team is really important. But I've also learned that being able to play enough live football plays is really important. It's a delicate balance."

— Coach Bronco Mendenhall

Email: jeffc@desnews.com

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