BYU football: Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy considers early jump to NFL

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  • Just a Mom Vernal, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    I love to watch Van Noy play. And I think he would be wise to complete his college education. Pro players sometimes have long careers, but most do not, and he needs to look beyond that to what he would do to earn a living without football. One more year of experience and physical maturity might be helpful for him, too. But whatever he decides to do, I wish him the best, and a big thank you for giving us some great moments this season.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    RE: Wally West

    Good to hear it... I couldn't find any, but I guess I didn't look hard enough. Can you direct me to some of the "credible lists" that go through round 7. I'd love to see where my favorite players are stacking up. Thanks in advance.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 7:26 p.m.

    How dare you say I'm no byu fan.
    I'm huge byu fan.
    I went on mission and no DUIs to boot.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:49 p.m.


    Are you having just a little bit of trouble with this slice of reality? Other people, who should know I might add, are talking about the possibility of a first round draft choice, as a junior, and your talking about getting cut at try-outs?

    I realize some Ute fans are heavily invested in having more former players in the pros than BYU, but your reaching, just a little.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    @ Wiscougarfan

    Not true. There are mocks out there Already that go 3, 4, or even the full 7.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Thank you So.Cal Reader. I clearly got my information mixed up somewhere along the way.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 8, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    @ Cougar Passion "Did Van Noy convert to the Church?" He is a member. He was in the same stake in Reno as my son's friend.

    Also, I loved this article. The fact that it was written by an AP writter and not a DN sports writer gives it more credibility. I hope the best for Kyle!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    I really hope KVN comes back for his senior year. We are losing so many defensive players next year. But from what I read Fua, will be a good replacement if KVN goes.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Did Van Noy convert to the Church? I know the "serve a mission" jab was in jest, but I didn't see anyone pointing out that wouldn't even be an option because he's not LDS.

    With regard to going or staying, because of the possibility of injury (which he has of course already experienced), I would be for him going if the opportunity is there. That's not what I as a fan want, of course; Kyle is a special player and great guy, and he will be missed greatly. But as a parent who looks at future possibilities for my own kids, I would not want him to jeopardize a chance at a dream by playing his senior year. Better to get the chance at even a short career--although I see him being able to play an extended time in the NFL--than to possibly not get the shot at all.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:55 a.m.


    "ETB isn't a BYU fan". Thus Sports Are Great's comment that Ernest is "pretending to be a BYU fan". We're all aware ETB is not a byu fan and is just a Ute fan poorly disguised.


    I am happy all things BYU bother you though. I love knowing that when you hear or read anything about BYU you are bothered. I love knowing that the very thought of Max Hall upsets you still these many years later. I love knowing that when you see or hear anything related to the Mormons you are bothered. I'll be willing to bet you even get bothered when you see Jello as it again makes you think of byu or mormons. I am so happy these things make you upset! I will be happy knowing that whenever I see "BYU" mentioned in any article in the future it will bother you.

    To Van Noy, thanks for your play whatever your decision is.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    Sports Are Great

    ETB isn't a BYU fan; probably isn't even a Utah fan or a BYU-hater either.

    He just thinks he's clever and likes throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks.

    Serving a mission, as we all know, is highly recommended for all faithful LDS young men, but it's still a personal choice.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Always been impressed with how Mendenhall is serious about serious mistakes. Kid got a DUI before he even enrolled at BYU. Bronco had no responsibility to hold him accountable aka punish him before he was even with the program. Easily could have just said "don't do it again" and looked the other way. Bronco came down hard and made him wait an entire year to prove himself. No weak 1 game suspension against a Division II program like other coaches do for DUI's, even if the kid is already on the team. I'm all for second chances, but second chances don't mean little or no punishment for an offense. I had a very close loved one killed by a drunk driver and thus I have no tolerance for people who commit DUI offenses. I'm glad Bronco punished him by forcing him to wait an YEAR and not a slap on the wrist 1 game suspension as others do.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:07 a.m.


    You should go on a mission. Perhaps it would change your goals in life from currently being "pretend to be BYU fan to make BYU fans look bad" to something more productive. Van Noy is light years ahead of your maturity.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    He needs to go on a mission to serve The Lord.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Average years of time playing in the FL is two years. Why not enjoy the full benefits of college ball, then go to the pros try outs and when they most likely will say at the first cuts, "thanks for trying, kid". Here's your bus ticket home" Then, the person can think, "I did my best in college, got my degree, and now I have a life". Not, "Duh, wha happen??"

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    I believe the NFL has a draft evaluation service, that, once a player has submitted his name for the draft, will evaluate the player as to his likelihood to be drafted in the 1st round. Underclassmen who are not likely to be chosen in the 1st round are advised not to leave college early, although it is entirely up to the play to decide whether to withdraw his name from draft eligibility.

    I'd love to see KVN back at BYU next season, but I fully support him entering the NFL if he does have a realistic chance of being drafted in the 1st round.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    I hope he comes back but wouldn't hold it against him if he goes. I'll keep my fingers crossed for another year.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    I think this is Bronco's last year and he's letting his players know. Tssss

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:33 a.m.


    Most draft boards/mock drafts at this point are limited to about 20 players and the first round, so you won't see Van Noy on most of those lists. However, The bleacher report recently said "Van Noy is a junior, but could leave school early to enter the NFL draft. He is very likely to be a first-round draft selection, which could compel him to skip his senior season at BYU." NFLdraftscout rates him the #6 OLB. thezonecoverage has him as the #4 draft eligible underclassman. Until he declares eligibility for the draft I don't expect to see him high on the boards but I think most experts would put him as a first day pick.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    I'd like to get the back ground on these so-called "scouts". Is there a published credible list anywhere in the country that has Van Noy's name on it as a potential NFLer?

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    I would love to have Van Noy back for another season. But if he can make the jump, I would understand. There is certainly an injury scare there, so I wouldn't blame him for taking the chance as soon as possible. Good luck in whatever you decide, Mr. Van Noy.