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Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard named ESPN All-American

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 17, 2013

The former Jenks standout played cornerback the first two seasons, then started at nickelback in 2012 and is now working as Oklahoma's starting free safety through fall camp.

“I look at it as … playing corner, nickel and now free safety, I know what everybody is doing from the secondary to the linebacker to the D-line,” Lynn said. “It's just helped me and my understanding of football. My football knowledge has definitely grown.”

Asked where he's most comfortable, Lynn said, “I liked nickel last year, but I think this safety position is the best for me right now.”

Lynn and junior Quentin Hayes are the Sooners' current safety starters, but are being pushed by true freshmen Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas.

Thomas enrolled early and went through spring practices.

“They are all learning a lot of stuff,” Lynn said. “Hatari and all those freshmen DBs.

“Ahmad, he was here a little earlier, but all of those guys are picking it up pretty fast.”


First-year Oklahoma assistant Jay Boulware arrived in February to become the Sooners' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

The former Texas player, who has worked on coaching staffs at Arizona, Stanford, Utah, Iowa State and Auburn, was asked recently if there have been any surprises — good or bad — since taking his current post in Norman.

“What surprises me is how good a job our academic department does with our young men,” Boulware said. “Our kids are well-instructed, and they do a good job academically. I didn't realize how much Bob has put a big emphasis on academics here.”

Boulware, 40, was one of Stoops' three new hires to his coaching staff, along with Bedenbaugh and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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