Posted: Mon December 31, 2012 1:42PM; Updated: Mon December 31, 2012 1:42PM

BYU's Kyle Van Noy opts to return for senior year

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Kyle Van Noy will return to BYU after leading the team with 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
Kyle Van Noy will return to BYU after leading the team with 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.
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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young will have playmaking linebacker Kyle Van Noy back for another season.

The school announced Monday that Van Noy will not declare early for the NFL draft but instead return for his senior season.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Van Noy says he wants to "finish what I started."

He led BYU's No. 3-ranked defense with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, a school-record six forced fumbles, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, a fumble recovery and two TDs.

He is the only player in the nation to record a stat in every major defensive category each of the last two seasons.

Van Noy joins junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman in deciding to complete his BYU eligibility. Hoffman finished with 100 catches for 1,248 yards and 11 TDs.

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