In the press release, Van Noy states his reason for staying as follows:
I’ve decided to stay and complete my senior season at BYU. I plan to finish what I started and feel like I’ve still got some unfinished business. I’m looking forward to being on the field this next season with my Cougar teammates.Van Noy signed with BYU in February 2009. At the time he was one of the nation's top rated outside linebacking prospects. He did not begin play at BYU until 2010. In three seasons he has lived up to all expectations. He has 156 tackles, 22 sacks, 44.5 tackles-for-loss, five interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, 20 quarterback hurries, 10 pass breakups, three blocked punts, and four touchdowns. The last two seasons he has recorded a stat in all 10 major categories
In 2012, Van Noy had 13 sacks, which is currently second in the nation (0.5 sacks behind number 1). His 13 sacks ties him for seventh most in BYU history for a single season. His 22.5 tackles-for-loss this year are currently third in the nation.
Having Van Noy back next season is a huge boost for the Cougars. BYU will lose seven starters on defense.
Reliable sources were reporting that Van Noy could be a first or second round draft pick in this April's NFL draft.
The complete press release can be read here.
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