Kyle Van Noy

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Kyle Van Noy
Kyle Van Noy 2012.jpg
No. 95     Detroit Lions
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-26) March 26, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Reno, Nevada
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Reno (NV) McQueen
College: Brigham Young
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Kyle Van Noy (born March 26, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at BYU, where he was recognized as a third team All-American.[1]

Early years[edit]

Van Noy was born in Reno, Nevada. He attended McQueen High School in Reno, where as an all-state linebacker and receiver he led his high school football team to a perfect 14-0 record and a 4A state championship in 2008, and was rated as a 2-star recruit by[2] and[3]

In addition to playing football, he lettered in basketball, baseball, and track where he was an all-league performer (4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m).[4] He also ran the 100 meters in 11.84 seconds and the 400 meters in 50.99 seconds.

He was ranked the 63rd best high school athlete by ESPN.[5] He received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State University, Boise State University, BYU, California, University of Colorado, UCLA, UNLV, Nevada, San Jose State University, and Stanford.[6][7]

College career[edit]

Freshman season (2010)[edit]

Van Noy was admitted to BYU in 2009 but sat out his first year due to an honor code violation. During the 2010 season he played in every game while starting two and earned letterman honors. He recorded 35 tackles (24 solo) and was third on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss including 2.0 sacks. He also recorded two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery (which he returned 44 yards for a touchdown).[4]

Sophomore season (2011)[edit]

Van Noy started eight and played in all 13 games of the 2011 season, recording 68 tackles and leading the team with 15 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.[4] During the 2011 season, Van Noy was the only FBS Division I player to record a stat in each of the following categories: tackle, tackle for loss, sack, interception, pass breakup, quarterback hurry, fumble recovery, forced fumble, blocked kick and touchdown. Like the 2010 season he again recovered a fumble (which he forced), which he returned for the game-winning touchdown.

He was named to Phil Steele All-Independent First Team,[8] Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team and FBS All-Independent Team.

Junior Season (2012)[edit]

In 2012, Van Noy was the defensive leader of a BYU team that led the nation in red zone defense (opponent red zone percentage of .62), was second in rushing defense (84.25 yards/game), third in 3rd down conversion percentage (27.71%) and total defense (allowing 26.33 yards/game), fourth in 1st down defense (14.83/game), and fifth in scoring defense (176 total points). Additionally, they were in the top 25 in passing defense (13th), sacks (22nd), 4th down conversion defense (23rd), and tackles for loss (25th).[9]

In 13 games played he recorded 53 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss, 13 sacks, 2 interceptions (one for a touchdown), 6 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovered (for a touchdown), 8 quarterback hurries, 5 pass break-ups, and 2 blocked kicks.[4] Van Noy dominated in BYU's 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, where he recorded 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery (for a touchdown), 1 interception (for a touchdown), and a blocked punt.[10] One writer speculated that Van Noy’s performance, in a bowl, may be best defensive performance by a BYU Cougar ever.[11]

Van Noy was named to the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award Watch Lists, was National Linebacker of week 3, and was Third team All-American. He also earned the 2012 College Football Performance Award (CFPA) trophy for overall best defensive player of the year, as well as the 2012 linebacker Trophy. [12][13]

Van Noy was projected as a first or second round pick in the 2013 NFL draft,[14] but opted to remain at BYU for his Senior season.[15]

Senior Season (2013)[edit]

As a senior in 2013, Van Noy was named to the watch lists for the Butkus Award, Rotary Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Walter camp, bednarik Award, Lott Trophy. He was a Phil Steele, USA Today, and Preseason All-American and finished the season All-America to Walter Camp Second Team, Athlon Sports Third Team, Third Team and Sport and Honorable Mention. He was also named to the All-Independent First team and was the All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year.

College career statistics[edit]

All statistics from Brigham Young Official Athletic Site,[4]

Year Team Games Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Solo Ast Total TFL – Yds No – Yds Int – Yds TD BU Qbh FF FR FRYDS BLKD
2010 Brigham Young 13 24 11 35 7.5 – 38 2.0 – 19 0 – 0  0 2 2 2 1 44 0
2011 Brigham Young 13 50 18 68 15 – 93 7.0 – 54 3 – 79  0 3 10 3 1 3 1
2012 Brigham Young 13 37 16 53 22 – 120 13.0 – 90 2 – 26  1 5 8 6 1 0 2
2013 Brigham Young 13 42 28 70 17.5 – 70 4.0 – 29 2 – 17  1 7 12 0 2 0 0
Career 52 153 73 226 62 – 321 26.0 – 192 7 – 122  2 11 32 17 3 47 3

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Van Noy was rated as the fourth best outside linebacker prospect in the 2014 NFL draft and was projected as a first or second round pick.[16] Van Noy was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round.


Van Noy was a communications major at BYU. He is the son of Kelly and Layne Van Noy. He was college roommates and a mentor to football player Ziggy Ansah and best friends with BYU basketball player Brandon Davies.[17] Van Noy is married to Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell.


  1. ^ "AP releases 2012 All-America teams". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Rivals profile - Kyle Van Noy". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Scout profile - Kyle Van Noy". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Player Bio: Kyle Van Noy". Brigham Young Athletics. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Football Recruiting - Kyle Van Noy". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Scouting Report - Kyle Van Noy". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Van Noy talks top three". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Phil Steele's 2011 Postseason All-Independent Team". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  9. ^ Statistics-Team. December 2012 December 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Kyle Van Noy Leads BYU To Poinsettia Bowl Win Over San Diego State, 23-6 (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Dick Harmon: Kyle Van Noy becomes the latest superstar to join BYU's club of legends (+video)". Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  12. ^ Pyne, Brett. "Kyle Van Noy earns 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  13. ^ "College Football Performance Awards". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  14. ^ "Kyle Van Noy: Assessing Draft Stock of BYU LB After Monster Bowl Game". The Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  15. ^ Pyne, Brett. "All-American Kyle Van Noy staying at BYU for senior season". Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  16. ^ "2014 NFL Draft". CBS Sports. 
  17. ^ Steves, Talo. "Best friends, different sports". Retrieved 2013-01-14. 

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