"I just wanted to experience college football one last time," said the BYU senior linebacker. "To be able to play again in LaVell Edwards Stadium, I can't wait."
Van Noy could have easily left school after his junior year to enter the NFL Draft. Van Noy was coming off perhaps the greatest individual defensive performances of the year, scoring two touchdowns against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
But Van Noy put millions of dollars on hold to go after another piece of paper.
"There's lot of reasons why I came back," Van Noy said. "I just felt like it was the best thing for me to stay. Anyone can talk about All-American honors and all the credentials they want. But, for me, I think one of the biggest things in the world is to be able to say I'm a college graduate."
"Kyle is very, very good in every category," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He's remarkable in what he's able to do on the field. I'm really lucky that he chose to come back."
Van Noy is projected to be a high first round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He knows he's going to be the center of attention as BYU embarks on its most ambitious schedule yet. But, despite his talents, Van Noy is not comfortable being in the limelight.
"I like to be a home body," he said with a smile. "I try to stay out of all the attention. I just like to kick back and watch and be a spectator. I'm not used to being the focal point. But I can still be a leader on this team."
Van Noy was the leader on one of the best defenses BYU has ever produced in 2012. Despite losing three starters, Van Noy feels this year's defense can be even better.
"I think it's all about mentality," Van Noy said. "I know all the guys want to be able to get back to that level. But we need to have the preparation, the poise, the execution and the effort. When you put all of those together, with the guys we have coming back, we can be very good."