Jaren Wilkey, BYU
BYU's Kyle Van Noy speaks with the media during the 2013 BYU football media day at the BYU Broadcast Building in Provo on June 26, 2013
PROVO — BYU All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy has been named to the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list, which was unveiled today by the Football Writers Association of America.
Also a candidate for the 2013 Bednarik Award, which also honors the nation’s top defensive player, Van Noy is a repeat selection to the Nagurski Trophy watch list. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker is coming off an All-America season in 2012 during which he finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss.
Van Noy, from Reno, Nev., is the only FBS player to record a stat in every major defensive category in each of the past two seasons. He has helped BYU achieve bowl wins during each of his three seasons in Provo.
Van Noy is one of seven players from the state of Utah to be named to a college football award preseason watch list. Click here to see all seven players and the awards they've been nominated to.
Headlining the preseason watch list for the Nagurski Award is South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He's the lone returning finalist from last season.
Van Noy is one of the 81 players and 27 linebackers on the watch list, which also includes 28 defensive linemen and 26 defensive backs. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the national defensive player of the year by the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club.
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