Dick Harmon: Kyle Van Noy begins final ride of golden second chance

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  • tlvannoy Orem, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    It's been great to be able to see him evolve and become a better person over the past four years. This past game against Georgia Tech a bunch of his buddies from Reno came to watch him play. They came to the game intoxicated and were escorted out of the stadium after hopping on to the field after the game. Seeing his buddies act like that really makes me appreciate the well-rounded program of BYU athletics, and how it has also helped Kyle put into perspective where he is now and where he came from.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:17 p.m.


    "Just wondering..."

    No you don't. Your either have a problem with short term memory or you enjoy questioning this player for his choice and invoking some response for the obvious.

    You asked the same dumb question a few weeks ago. Go read the responses back then.



    If he truly was that good, why didn't he enter the NFL draft this past year?
    1:19 p.m. July 19, 2013

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    Giving 2nd chances is a good thing.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Thanks Dick for this insightful article. Living in Colorado we get to see all of KVN's games but we miss the stories behind the games that you present. I know from some posts that there are some who these are "puffy" stories, but in fact they really help fans get to know these scholar-athletes better.

    For those who question any young man's decision to complete his college experience rather than dash for the cash of the NFL don't understand that there is more to life than the pull of professional football.

    Good luck to Kyle, hope he has an injury-free season and one that he can reflect back on as the greatest decision in his life (inside and outside of football).

    Enjoy your journey.

    GOOOOOO COUGARS!!!!! Rack up a 10-2 season and enjoy another bowl game.

    And Utah I hope you do well in games other than versus the Y. What great posts we could see if you could make it to a bowl game too. Chris B. would be beside himself if his Rose Bowl prediction for the Utes sometime in the 21st century could come true this year.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    @GoRed. I'm assuming your question was sincere and not a Chris B-esque attempt to stir the pot.

    The fact is nobody can answer the question as to why KVN didn't jump to the NFL if he was so good-- except for KVN himself.

    But it is a known fact that NFL scouts had projected him a likely draft pick. So the only thing we can conclude is that KVN may have one, some, all or none of the following reasons:

    * Wants to leave BYU with a degree
    * Loyalty to Bronco Mendenhall and or the BYU program.
    * Figures he can raise his NFL stock even higher with a senior season that is equal to or better than his junior.

    * And, as a BYU fan I hate this one but will throw it out: He wants one last shot at the utes.

    Regardless of his reasons the fact that he didn't jump for the financial aspects says a lot about him.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:13 a.m.


    "But if he is as great as BYU fans say he is, why didn't he declare himself for last year's NFL draft?"

    Lots of petty jealousy in that question. "Why" he didn't declare for the NFL draft is a question only KVN can answer - there's absolutely no doubt he would have been drafted.

    As for BYU fans saying how great he is, well, either you didn't watch a single BYU football game last season, or you were completely blinded by your crimson glasses.

    It's not just BYU fans saying that KVN is great; fans, coachs and college football experts across the country are saying he's great; KVN is listed on almost a dozen national award watch lists for the coming season.

    Rewatch the BYU-Utah and BYU-SDSU games, with your eyes open this time, paying particular attention to #3 on defense, and you'll see for yourself how great KVN is.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    One of my favorite BYU players of all time, and not just because of his on-the-field accomplishments. His story is an inspiration to young people inside and outside of the LDS faith. It is also very interesting to note that the last two great BYU linebackers, KVN and Brian Kehl were both adopted. What a profound message that is in and of itself. Every year, more than a million abortions take place in this country, and one has to wonder how many other stories like Kyle Van Noy or Brian Kehl would be out there if those babies had been given a chance to live.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    His greatness as a player is not dependent on what BYU fans say about him--his play on the field speaks for itself. As far as why he decided to stay another year, it is addressed in the article, although I suspect the reasons may be more complex than what is written. Regardless, his reasons are his own and not really anybody else's business.

    Aug. 27, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Van Noy seems like a solid player. But if he is as great as BYU fans say he is, why didn't he declare himself for last year's NFL draft? Just wondering.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    Kyle is a flat out stud. I can't wait to see him play this season.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    I appreciate all that Kyle Van Noy has done to make it through a very difficult predicament that he got himself into. I have seen so many people fail to climb out of that hole including my own daughter so I know how hard it is. I salute his self control and personal integrity that he had to rebuild.

    I have been closely associated with a young man who was adopted as a baby and who has risen to a similar position in that he as earned a Div I. scholarship. His family is his family, it has nothing to do with being adopted and I find it repugnent that some one would question whether or not he was adopted as if it was important. Such players recognize only one family and acknowledge with gratitude those families love and devotion to them.

  • CrispB Norman, OK
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    I had always wondered if he was adopted. It is interesting how BYU has had several adopted players make a name for themselves. Let's hope that KVN has a killer season.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    KVN is going to have an excellent year! Let the fun begin!


  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Good, well grounded kid. Good luck to him for a healthy, very productive season and his rightful spot as a high NFL draft pick this spring.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    Loved this article. There were a lot of things I didn't know about KVN. I did know he was a funny guy and well liked.
    His decision to wait a year before enrolling and staying for his Senior year says A LOT about his character. Very few stars with his talent level would do what he as done. I have a great deal of respect for this guy.

    Is he healthy enough to be up to full reps in practice yet?