Peruse through any NFL season preview of the Washington Redskins and it’s almost a guarantee that the linebacker unit will fall under “strengths” entering 2013.
Sure Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher are all former Pro Bowlers, but what sets this group apart from others across the league is the fact that they are genuine good guys–a label that can also be applied to backup linebacker/special teams ace Bryan Kehl as well.
The seven-year veteran has been around the block (twice) and knows just how difficult staying in the NFL is, regardless of path taken.
Instead of taken the selfish mentality that he made it and lacks giving credit to those from his past helping him become the player that he is today, Kehl returned to his old stomping grounds at BYU to give one current Cougar/NFL prospect advice that he will hopefully take with him once leaving college.
In an unprecedented move following the 2011 season, Kehl’s BYU Couagrs decided to leave the certainties of the Mountain West Conference (MWC) and became an independent. While the move did require a little more travel than that of a typical conference schedule, it offered the benefits of being spotlighted through different regions of the country.
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, perhaps, benefited more from the move than anyone else on the roster.
Van Noy’s draft stock skyrocketed after a truly epic performance in the Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State. In the fourth quarter of a 6-3 game, Van Noy sacked San Diego State’s quarterback in the endzone knocking the pigskins free in the process before securing it for a touchdown. He followed up the trifecta with an interception return for a touchdown just moments later.
Despite being projected as an early round selection, Van Noy opted to return to BYU where Kehl sees big things brewing this season.
No. 53 spoke to Deseret News recently where it was revealed that he has spent time with Van Noy before and admits that he is a little envious of the All-American and not just of his elite skillset.
“This defense they put out here last year is very different, as far as scheme, from the one I played in in 2007. It’s better now, because they’ve learned. I’m a little jealous of Kyle, because some of the stuff he does, I wish I could have done that. They utilize him in different packages and move him around. It’s smart and it works. It’s a credit to the coaches, because they’ve watched and they’ve learned and they’re willing to adapt.”
Always remember where you came from and how you got to where you are today.
The linebacker received rave reviews throughout last season’s camp before ultimately being cut and then resigned during the team’s exciting seven-game winning streak.
“It was a fun ride. I’m excited to get back out there for year two.”
Time to get your last golf swings in, Bryan. Tis seven days until training camp!
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