The watch list for the Walter Camp Award, given by the Walter Camp Foundation to college football's most outstanding player, was released Friday morning, and BYU's Kyle Van Noy is a candidate.
Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound outside linebacker 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 is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins in each of his three seasons in Provo.
Van Noy created a stir in the early spring when he made a decision to return to BYU for his senior season.
"I plan to finish what I started," Van Noy said at the time, "and feel like I've still got some unfinished business. I'm looking forward to being on the field this next season with my Cougar teammates."13 comments on this story
By far, Van Noy's best game was the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl. He singlehandedly outscored the San Diego State Aztecs 12-6, scoring two defensive touchdowns by causing a fumble recovery, falling on the ball in the end zone and by returning an interception for a touchdown.
Van Noy has already been named a preseason candidate for four other college football awards: the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Bedarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Butkus Award.
This is the ninth college football award for which a Cougar has been named a candidate. In all, nine different Cougars have been named preseason candidates for college football awards.