PROVO — BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy and senior wide receiver Cody Hoffman were selected to Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-America Team, released Wednesday. Van Noy is a first-team selection while Hoffman earned second-team honors.
With the selections, Van Noy and Hoffman make the Cougars one of only nine programs in the country with players named to both the first and second teams, joining Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Oregon and TCU.
Van Noy was dominant again in 2012, becoming the only player to record a statistic in every major defensive category for the second consecutive year. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder totaled 53 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six forced fumbles (school record), two interceptions, eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, two blocked kicks and one fumble recovery. He also scored two defensive touchdowns.
Van Noy finished second in the nation in sacks, tied for No. 2 nationally in forced fumbles and tied for fourth in the country in tackles for loss.14 comments on this story
Hoffman was BYU's go-to receiver in 2012, finishing with 100 receptions, 1,248 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. His marks ranked No. 10, No. 12 and tied for No. 13, respectively, in the nation.
Entering the 2013 season, Hoffman has an opportunity to become BYU's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. With 203 receptions, 2,718 yards and 28 receiving touchdowns, Hoffman needs just 19 receptions, 538 yards and three touchdowns to stand atop each category.
The Cougars open the season at Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Their complete schedule can be found here.