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Oklahoma football: Gabe Lynn finds a home at safety

Sooners' defense has answered its critics in first two games of season, thanks in large part to Lynn's play in the secondary.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: September 10, 2013

— Oklahoma's Gabe Lynn understands that it comes with the territory.

Make a mistake on the defensive line and most of the time it goes unnoticed nearly everywhere but the film-study room.

But make a mistake at defensive back and your troubles are laid bare for the world to see.

Lynn, the Sooners' free safety, heard a lot of the criticism of OU's defense over the past two seasons. He also heard criticism of his play by media, former players and by fans and others on Twitter and other sites.

“I remember when it first started, I just kind of blocked it out or tried to block it out,” Lynn said earlier this week at OU's weekly media luncheon. “Because whether you're doing good or doing bad, this is you guys' job and this is what the fans do so, that's part of the game.

“Playing in the secondary, you're probably going to get it most.”

It wasn't always easy.

“As I got older, it's part of it,” Lynn said. “You've just got to go with it.”

Lynn is seeing the other side now.

Through two games, Lynn has been one of the Sooners' best defensive backs.

“I think it's the right position for him,” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “He's very comfortable and understands our defense and the nuances and it helps him make plays. He made some huge plays the other night.”

Last week against West Virginia, Lynn had three tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

In the opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Lynn laid out a Warhawks receiver with the game's biggest hit.

“Gabe has turned into an animal,” cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “He's more emotional this year, with his leadership skills.”

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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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