“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.”
BOULWARE IMPRESSED BY OU'S ACADEMICS
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.