Van Noy deciding upon return

Outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy has been a dominant force on BYU's defense over the past few years. Now in his junior season, and arguably part of one of the most dominant BYU defenses in recent memory, Van Noy is mulling over a difficult decision: whether to return to BYU for his senior year or go into the NFL following this season.

Following this season, BYU will lose 29 senior players, many of which are defensive contributors that made Coach Mendenhall's defense one of the best in school history.

"Coach Mendenhall always has guys that will go out there and try, so I'm not going to be worried about it," Kyle Van Noy said. "We'll always have players that will fill in and keep moving on and keep getting better. He'll bring in more talent and more talent, especially with this schedule that kids see.

"They want to be on the big scale, they're independent, on ESPN, so it's only a matter of time before we get better and better players here. I'm happy to be a part of it and I'm happy to put my ink in history here and be a part of this wonderful team that we have and defense."

There is a possibility that Van Noy could decide to leave early for the NFL following this season. However, when Van Noy says, "I'm happy to put my ink in history," it isn't a foregone conclusion that his history with BYU will continue or end following this season.

"No, I haven't decided that," said Van Noy. "That will be something that I will discuss with my parents after the final game."

However, he is at least thinking about it.

"I mean, you get asked about it every day, and so you do think about it," Van Noy said. "You do look at your options and what's best for you and what's best for your family. Also, I also want to do what's best for the team too. I just want to help out any way I can on this team right now and then focus on myself after the season."

Van Noy hasn't spoken to head coach Bronco Mendenhall about the NFL draft.

"I haven't really talked to him about it yet, and, you know, I'm sure I will," Van Noy said with a smile. "I'm nervous for that but it will all work out."

Cougar fans won't know Van Noy's final decision until after the season. BYU's game against Idaho this Saturday would be his last home game at LaVell Edwards Stadium if he does decide to leave for the NFL following the season.

"That's why you always try and play every game like it's your last no matter what," Van Noy said. "That's something that I've been told at a young age to do, because you never know when you're going to be injured. So, I'm just happy to be a part of this tradition here and keep going forward with it."

The fact that this could be his last home game at LaVell Edwards Stadium hasn't quite hit him yet.

"No, it doesn't hit you until you're done," said Van Noy. "It stinks to say that but it's true. I don't think I'll realize until it's all said and done."

Until a final decision is made, Van Noy is excited to play one more game this year at home with his many senior teammates.

"I think it's going to be a cool experience," Van Noy said. "We have, I think, 29 seniors to be exact. It's going to be a cool thing. It's going to be mixed feelings. I've been here for three years, so I feel like I've been with those guys for a long time. So, they know who I am. It's going to be fun being out there on the field running around out there with them."

A top athlete out of Reno, Nevada, Van Noy had the opportunity to attend a number of different schools other than BYU.

"I do think about the different opportunities, but I picked the right one. I'm here for a reason, and I know that for a fact. I'm happy where I am and anyone can say what they want: should have gone Pac-12, should have gone SEC, should have gone Big 12. But I'm happy where I'm at. With anything that happens, you can get where you want if you just put hard work into it."

Regardless of whether Van Noy returns to BYU or not next year, one thing is certain: he'll always bleed blue.

"My high school is blue, college is blue, and hope if I have a chance to play in the NFL, that will be blue too. I don't know if I can put on red. I don't know, it just runs in my family and we all just bleed blue. So, I don't like the color red either, so I'm okay with bleeding blue.

"I played here for one just going through, you know, being able to come here, being able to understand different things, different values in life, different things in life. I will always bleed blue for all different reasons."

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