BYU football: Kyle Van Noy returns to Reno a changed man

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  • DodgerDoug Salem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    KVN, you're a fine young man!!! Keep up the great work on and off the field and DON"T let the NFL change you!

  • Eric G ,
    Dec. 2, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    I was talking to my 2 boys ages 15 and 12 the other day that they have had an incredible opportunity to see something they won't see again for a long time. First it was Jimmer who forced teams to design their game to take him out of the game. Regardless of how Jimmer does in the NBA, he is a once in a generation player at BYU. KVN is the other. In my 42 years of watching BYU football, I don't remember a defensive player that required so much attention by the opposing offense. Kurt Gouveia was close as was Jason Buck but KVN disrupts EVERY play that is within 7 yards of him. It is amazing. His life story is incredible that can impact for good all people and his talent is that of someone who we probably won't see for a number of years. (It took 30 between Danny Ainge and Jimmer!) Its been an awesome experience to watch him play at the Y for the past 4 years. I just hope that the rest of KVN's dreams are realized because he's earned it! From one Reno guy to another, good luck Kyle. (Now go destroy Washington!)

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2013 5:24 a.m.

    I am a true Red Ute fan. But I see the game for what it is, it is just a game.

    Players come and players go. But each one of them has a life and a story behind that life. I love the story of Kyle Van Noy. Not everyone can overcome the obstacles that the story of their lives puts in front of them. I am proud of this young man and the personal growth he has accomplished in the last few years. He seems to be on the road to bigger and better things as a player on the next level. More importantly, he seems to be on the road to greater things in life. I wish him the best.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    ALL are great, positive comments on this article. Thanks to all, and I hope that KVN reads them sometime!

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Nov. 29, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Kyle VanNoy best linebacker in the state of Utah hands down !!
    Good luck tomorrow cougs, and make us proud. Looking forward to the bowl game in December.

    Go cougs!!

    Nov. 29, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    It has been a special privilege watching the development of this young man. I can wish him nothing but the best in life. The same principles that made him a great student athlete will serve him well for the rest of his life. Fortunately we still have two games to appreciate his talents at BYU and I hope for a long successful career at the next level.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    KVN is a model of what can b done by standing yourself up on a sure foundation, surrounding yourself with like-minded people, "hitching your wagon to a star"--as Dick Nemelka used to say it.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    Nov. 29, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    What a great kid Kyle is. BYU fans everywhere will miss him and look back and realize what a special opportunity BYU had to get an extremely talented player like Kyle. I'm so glad we will be able to watch him in the years to come playing in the NFL.

    Go Cougars and Go KVN3!

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    Nov. 29, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Completely agree with "ute alumni" and "BYU alum". When we forget that everything in life should be about helping others be better tomorrow than they are today (and the same for us, ourselves), we forget what is most important in life.

    It would appear that such was and is foremost for both Kyle Van Noy and Coach Mendenhall, and that football is a distant second ... exactly as it SHOULD be. Thanks for setting such a great example.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Stories like this are what byu athletics are really all about and why they are so awesome. Like the Brandon Davies story, these are great, a kid made mistakes, took responsibility, manned up and made positive changes in his life. It is truly awesome and inspiring.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 29, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    KVN is an amazing athlete and apparently a great guy. Certainly one of the best football players I've ever seen.

    As for BYU, I'd send my kids there anytime. It is a special place. High standards set schools like BYU, Stanford, Notre Dame, the military academies apart. Not just academic standards, but moral standards, too. I respect those schools for those standards.

    KVN accepted those standards and became a standout athlete and a standout person. A great story. I sincerely congratulate him.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    And, what a great role model for other aspiring kids in any type of situation. "You can do anything if you are willing to pay the price" kind of attitude!

    Thanks for the ride, Kyle, and good luck in the draft and your future in football and in life.

    Go Cougars!

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Nov. 29, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    God Bless you Kyle!

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    Mendenhall has made a huge impact on this kid. That is what coaching is all about. Congratulations to both of them.

  • Burghmom Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Nov. 29, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    What a great, positive story, far different from many for athletes today. Good for you Kyle!

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 11:46 p.m.

    The thing I love about the van noy story is he was given a second chance after a punishment that fit the serious offenses he committed. No one game suspension against a division II opponent, bronco made him wait an entire year to join the team. It would be nice if all college coaches backed up their talk for things as serious as DUI's, which are just as illegal in every single college in the nation.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    Stay healthy, Kyle, and good luck.