Van Noy Competing for Starting Spot

On Tuesday outside linebacker Jameson Frazier had surgery to repair a broken thumb that he sustained during the Nevada game last Saturday. With Frazier out for the next three or four weeks, Kyle Van Noy should get the starting nod, right? Well, not so fast.

True freshman Kyle Van Noy has been receiving spot duty so far this season. With Jameson Frazier out, it would appear that Van Noy would become the automatic starter. However, he doesn't know if that will be the case yet.

"I feel really bad for Jameson and I hope he gets healthy as soon as he can," Van Noy said. "He was a big plus for our defense, but I have no idea if I'm going to be the starting outside linebacker for the Utah State game, and I won't know yet until game time. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can to get that spot. I want it and I'm hungry for it. I'm ready to go."

While he saw a good amount of action in BYU's first three games, that trend didn't continue against his hometown college, Nevada.

"I didn't play that much," Van Noy said. "I only got around three plays for the whole game. I couldn't really tell you why, but I didn't see the field all that much."

Right now Van Noy is competing with junior Jadon Wagner, who was switched from defensive end to outside linebacker.

"All the coaches have told me that it's 50-50 right now," Van Noy said. "It's between me and Jadon Wagner right now, and so we're competing this week for that starting spot."

Defensive coaches are pushing Van Noy and Wagner to see who wants that starting spot the most. This week has been a battle for Van Noy, who is being tempered by fire from the Cougar coaching staff.

"Well, it's interesting because the coaches are pushing us hard and we're just competing as hard as possible," Van Noy said. "I'm doing all that I can to prove that I deserve to play and can be trusted. I'm just working as hard as I can and I just want to help the team out as best I can."

Although the Cougar coaches are putting Van Noy through the ringer, chances are he will get the nod when it comes time to suit up against Utah State.

"Yeah, I do have a chance now and if I get that starting nod I'll do the best I can," he said. "Hopefully it will come my way and it's going to be exiting to be on the field, and it will all have been worth it. I just want to be on the field and get more reps on the field."

This Friday's game will be the 80th meeting between BYU and Utah State, and the Aggies are looking to break a Cougar 10-game winning streak against them. The Cougars will look to corral quarterback Diondre Borel, who needs 2, 184 yards to surpass Jose Fuentes to become USU's all-time career offensive yardage leader.

"They have a pretty good quarterback and their core back is really good," Van Noy said. "Their running backs run hard and they're a good football team. I think they're underrated and almost beat Oklahoma, and Oklahoma is a good team. Hopefully we can do the best we can and come away with a win. I'm excited."

Coming off a 41-7 loss to San Diego State, Utah State will look to better their 1-3 record with a win over 1-3 BYU. The Cougars meanwhile will look to stop a three-game losing skid.

"We're hungry," Van Noy said. "I don't know if you were able to watch practice or not, but it was a lot more upbeat than usual. You know, we're not losers. We're basically all winners and most of us have never been on a losing team, so we're all going to do whatever we can to be winners, and I think we're seeing that kind of attitude out here on the field heading into Utah State. I'm all business right now and I think it's going to be exciting to be out there on ESPN. I'm just hungry and want to help my team as best I can."

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