(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named the College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker of the Week.
Though the Cougars fell in a 24-21 heartbreaker to in-state rival Utah, Van Noy made an impact on the defensive side of the ball. The junior from Reno, Nev., totaled eight tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble and had one pass breakup against the Utes.
Van Noy is tied for No. 4 nationally with 4.5 sacks in 2012 and No. 6 nationally in tackles for loss with 7.5 on the year. This season the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder also has 15 total tackles, 4 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. In 2011, Van Noy was the only Division I player to record a statistic in every major defensive category.
College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.