Former BYU star Kyle Van Noy won't be embarking on NFL career alone

Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 3:25 p.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) entourages the crowd during play as BYU and Texas play Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at LaVell Edwards stadium.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

PROVO — Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy is on the verge of realizing a childhood dream.

Van Noy is expected to be picked in the early rounds of the National Football League draft, which begins Thursday (6 p.m. MDT, ESPN/NFL Network).

But that’s not the only big event in his life that's rapidly approaching.

And he’s glad to know that he won’t be embarking on this next adventure alone.

Van Noy and Marissa Powell, the 2013 Miss Utah USA, are planning to get married in June.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Van Noy said this week. “Marrying my best friend is going to be a good experience. I’m happy that she said yes. She still loves me, so we’re doing good.”

Van Noy met Powell 3 1/2 years ago through mutual friends at a little party that Van Noy helped host.

“Nothing too crazy,” she remembered.

At the time, they were young college students.

“It’s kind of cool because I met Kyle before all the crazy stardom with his football stuff and we met before all the pageant stuff was going on,” Powell said. “We’ve been able to grow with each other and we’ve known each other for so long that it’s nice to have someone to have your back and has known you all along that can speak up for you and remember who you are. It’s definitely been a learning process for us, learning about each other and learning about ourselves and what we want.”

Fittingly, Van Noy and Powell got engaged in late November after the Cougars’ regular-season finale in Van Noy’s hometown of Reno, Nevada.

Since completing his Cougar career last December in the Fight Hunger Bowl, Van Noy has been busy preparing for the draft — working out, participating in the NFL combine, and visiting teams for pre-draft interviews.

Oh, and planning a wedding.

“It’s been a roller coaster. I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been a freak traveler. I’m in airports all of the time, traveling,” Van Noy said. “I’m trying to stay caught up with working out and doing a lot of media stuff. I’ve tried to balance everything and been busy. But it’s been really good, though. It’s been fun and it’s been new and exciting. Being back on the field and in a team setting is going to be nice.”

Van Noy has loved having his fiancee as a support system, and that will be even more important as he tries to maintain balance in his life as a professional athlete.

Powell is looking forward to supporting her husband-to-be.

“I’m actually really excited for him. I am glad that I’ve been around him through college and I know the time and effort he put into it,” she said. “I know that’s going to be magnified on the next level. I kind of know a little about what it takes. … As a teammate, he brings his teammates up. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more once we get to the next level. I’m super proud of him and excited to support him through it.

“I’m excited to be there with him, going through everything together,” she continued. “The first part will be supporting him, listening to him, and knowing what I can do to help him at home with preparing meals for him, making sure he’s going to bed on time, and drinking a lot of water and keeping him healthy. Those are the little things I can take part in. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more.”

During her reign as Miss Utah USA, Powell has been involved with several charitable organizations and causes, including Primary Children's Hospital, and she’s looking forward to continuing to give back in her role as the wife of a professional athlete.

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