SALT LAKE CITY — Former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy told ESPN recently, “I’m excited for the future” as he heads into the uncertainty of free agency later this month.

“I’m in my prime years of football. I know everyone’s prime is different, but I feel like I’m still learning a lot of football, I still have a lot of game left,” Van Noy told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I didn’t play that much my first two years. I played a lot on special teams, but I didn’t get much (other) action. I feel like I have a lot of juice left.”

Van Noy, who’s played the past four seasons with the New England Patriots and won a pair of Super Bowl rings, is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year opens March 18. 

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Two years ago, he signed a two-year, nearly $11.8 million extension to stay with New England, per Spotrac, and in the past two seasons had 148 tackles, 10 sacks, five pass deflections, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries for the Patriots.

The 29-year-old whose NFL career started in Detroit is staying busy right now by working out in California, according to Reiss. 

“There’s so many unknowns in our business, where it’s either ‘adapt or die.’ That’s kind of the mentality I’ve grown to have. I’m just going to continue to work on my game and be in the best shape possible, and whatever happens, happens,” Van Noy told Reiss. “I know the man upstairs is looking out and I feel like I’ve worked really hard to put myself in a position where I believe people will notice and teams will come knocking.” 

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“He will be a head coach some day,” said John Halagan, the high school coach of now BYU basketball assistant coach Chris Burgess, of his former player in an article by The Orange County Register’s Mark Whicker.

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Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell took a few moments to meet with Fremont’s Dallin Hall after the star guard helped the Timberwolves beat Davis 55-52 to win the 6A boys basketball title Saturday.