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Morning links: Kyle Van Noy happy he went to BYU; Jakob Poeltl with a must-see dunk

Mike Reiss of ESPN took a look at the football journey of former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

After looking at what he has done since arriving with the New England Patriots, Reiss quotes coach Bill Belichick, saying, "He’s been good to work with, a versatile player. He’s played on the line, off the line, defensive end, in the kicking game. He’s good in pass coverage and can rush. I think he’s got a lot of versatility for us, a good variety of skills."

Reiss then quoted Van Noy as he looked at his path to the Patriots, including how he landed at BYU. "Mom (Kelly) kind of made me (laughing) to get out of trouble. And I knew I needed to get into a new environment, and ended up being around family and friends. It was really good for me. I’m happy I did it."


Jakob Poeltl with the monster finish

Former Utah big man, Jakob Poeltl had one of his best moments of his rookie season Saturday night with this emphatic finish in the closing minutes on the Raptors' 128-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

It was Poeltl's only basket of the night.


Dennis Pitta's touchdown drought examined; promptly ended

ESPN writer Jamison Hensley examined former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta's touchdown drought Friday.

After talking about Pitta's last touchdown, Hensley wrote, "Crossing the goal line is really Pitta's last step in a remarkable journey back from fracturing his right hip twice.

"He has proven his durability. Only four players on the Ravens offense have taken more snaps than him. And he has shown he can still be productive. His 52 catches lead the Ravens."

Hensley then quotes Pitta on the subject, who said, "I'm fourth in the league in catches for a tight end and last in the league with touchdowns. It's one of those things I can't really explain. We have to be better offensively to get more possessions down there, and that certainly factors into it. We've relied way too heavily on our kicker. We've got to give ourselves more opportunities."

After the talk of his touchdown drought, Pitta ended the streak Sunday with a pair of touchdown receptions in the Ravens' 38-6 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Pitta's first TD since 2013!pic.twitter.com/D8FHcKvLtY

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Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.