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Morning links: Bill Belichick seems encouraged by Kyle Van Noy's play; Javier Morales ranked a top 10 DP in MLS history

Kevin Duffy of Mass Live looked at the play of former BYU Cougar Kyle Van Noy in his first game with the New England Patriots.

Duffy writes, "On Sunday against the 49ers, in Van Noy's debut with the team, the 6-foot-3, 243-pound linebacker came up with one of the team's five sacks. He was a consistent presence on the edge, recording a pressure in addition to the sack of Colin Kaepernick. The team stayed in nickel for most of the game, and Van Noy often subbed for McClellin on third downs."

Duffy then quotes Bill Belichick talking about the play of Van Noy, saying, "Yeah, it looked like he helped us a little bit. We'll see how it goes on the film, but he has some versatility for us — can rush, cover."


Javier Morales ranked as on of the top 10 designated players in MLS history


Scott French of the FourFourTwo ranked the top 10 designated players in MLS history and longtime RSL star, Javier Morales made the list.

Speaking of Morales, who came in at No. 9 in the rankings, French writes, "The Argentine midfielder was MLS' premier playmaker during much of his 10-year tenure in Utah, which closed with RSL's loss in its playoff opener this season, contributing mightily to the club's 2009 MLS Cup triumph, its run to the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League final, and another MLS Cup title game in 2013."

French continued, "Exquisitely skilled and able to see paths forward that others miss, he presided over the league's most entertaining attack during these glory years and served as the face of the franchise, alongside fellow club legends Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman."


Utah tumbles in ESPN Power Rankings


Utah fell from No. 13 to No. 21 in the latest ESPN college football Power Rankings after its last-second loss to the Oregon Ducks.

Of the Utes, ESPN wrote, "Utah lost on Justin Herbert's 17-yard pass to Darren Carrington II with two seconds to play, a huge disappointment. Combined with Colorado's win, the loss eliminated the Utes from Pac-12 title contention. The Ducks went 75 yards on the final drive to finish with 575 against Utah, the most gained this year against the Utes, who close against the Buffs this week."