BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy recently picked up two additional national accolades as the 6-foot-3 senior earned SI.com and Sporting News preseason All-America First Team honors.
Coming off an All-America season in 2012, the 245-pound outside linebacker finished tied for second nationally with 13 sacks and six forced fumbles and ranked No. 4 in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. From Reno, Nev., he is the only FBS player in each of the past two seasons to record a stat in every major defensive category and has helped BYU achieve bowl wins each of his three seasons in Provo.
Earlier this year, Van Noy was named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America team and six award watch lists, including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. On Thursday, USA Today's Paul Myerberg called Van Noy not just one of the best linebackers in the country but one of the best all-around players in the FBS. In his article, Myerberg previewed the 2013 season for BYU and ranked them as the No. 32 program in the nation, identifying the Cougars' defense as one of the top units in college football.