By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
VAN NOY CAN WREAK HAVOC
BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy is one of the nation’s most disruptive defensive players.
He has recorded 26 career sacks — second-most of any active player. He is tied for fourth in BYU history and is seven behind the school record.
He has 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and five pass breakups this season.
Van Noy has scored a touchdown in all four of his college seasons.
“He’s just got ‘it,’ ” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “He’s got the instincts. He kind of makes it look effortless.”
Van Noy only made two tackles against the Broncos last season but he didn’t go unnoticed.
“He’s crafty — a relentless player,” senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr. said. “… You’ve just got to trust your technique. Don’t lunge and don’t try to be too aggressive. Be patient and wait for him to make his move. Once he makes his move, then strike.”
Van Noy was an Associated Press third-team All-American last season. He finished with 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks.
That includes an incredible performance in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State — 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and two touchdowns.
There was speculation that he would leave early for the NFL but he decided to stay at BYU.
“There were lots of different reasons, not just one main reason,” he said. “One was to graduate, which I’ll be doing this December. Also, I didn’t feel like the amount I had put in was enough yet. I needed to do more to improve myself for the NFL, improve my standing.”
MORE ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR BRONCOS
The Boise State football team’s Graduation Success Rate is up to 91 percent in the latest numbers released by the NCAA, which include athletes who enrolled from 2003 to 2006.
It’s the fifth straight increase for the Broncos and a program record. The GSR was 65 percent when coach Chris Petersen became the head coach.
The Broncos’ GSR ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The teams that rank higher are at some of the top academic schools: Northwestern (97), Rice (96), Boston College (94), Notre Dame (94), Air Force (93), Stanford (93) and Duke (92).
Boise State’s Federal Graduation Rate is 67 percent, also a program record. The NCAA number includes transfer students and mid-year enrollees and does not penalize schools for athletes who leave in good academic standing before exhausting their athletics eligibility.
You can check out the report here.
NOTES & QUOTES
— Van Noy on Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick: “He’s good. He can run. He can throw. There are still some unknowns. At the same time, I think they want to get it to (tailback Jay Ajayi). That’s an NFL running back. He can go between the tackles, bounce it outside. They have weapons — the QB running is going to allow them to have another game inside the game. It’s going to be a challenge. He hasn’t played on the road yet. He’s going to face a big crowd on national TV and we’re a very good defense. We probably will give him some things he hasn’t seen.”
— Boise State cornerback Bryan Douglas on the improved defense (40 points allowed in the past three games): “We’re playing more as a team, we’re more comfortable with each other out on the field, and that makes us play better on game day.”
— Douglas on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill: “Those dual-threat quarterbacks are always frustrating because they can run out of the pocket and then just launch it downfield. The DBs have to do a great job of staying on the receivers and the D-line and the receivers have got to hunt.”
— Tight ends coach Scott Huff on getting senior Gabe Linehan and sophomore Holden Huff back the past two weeks: “It’s great to have options and not wear certain guys down. There’s a little less of a load on them mentally going in.”
— Senior left tackle Charles Leno Jr. on the Broncos’ three blocked field goals, including one by him: “That can change the game. It was obviously big, when I got mine at Utah State. They had all the momentum and we got it right back with that blocked field goal going into halftime. We take real big pride in that, me and (defensive end Demarcus Lawrence) and (defensive tackle Armand Nance). We’re getting good push all year.”
— Wide receiver Shay Fields, who decommitted from Boise State earlier this week, has committed to USC, according to media reports.
Monday blog: Southwick injury update
Tuesday story: Weekly notes
Tuesday blog: Broncos lose WR recruit
Tuesday blog: Mountain West Football Report
Wednesday story: BYU QB Taysom Hill
Wednesday story: BYU scouting report
Live chat: Read a replay here
Wednesday blog: Boise State run game faces challenge
Wednesday blog: Name the Score contest
Thursday story: B.J. Rhode reflects on his run as backup turned starter
You can follow beat writer Jay Drew at @drewjay.
Boise State at BYU
When: 6:06 p.m. Friday
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470, grass), Provo, Utah
TV: ESPN (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, Allison Williams)
Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender
Records: Boise State is 5-2 overall, 3-1 Mountain West; BYU is 5-2 as an independent
Series: Boise State leads 3-0 (last meeting: BSU 7-6, 2012, in Boise)