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OU's Aaron Colvin moved to safety, coaches impressed

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: March 23, 2011
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/articleid/3551262/1/pictures/1384928">Photo - OU's Aaron Colvin, left, and Jonathan Nelson bring down Florida State's Greg Reid during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Florida State University Seminoles (FSU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Aaron Colvin, left, and Jonathan Nelson bring down Florida State's Greg Reid during the second half of the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Florida State University Seminoles (FSU) at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Norman, Okla. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Sooners recently had success with a similar transformation. Nelson, originally a corner, was moved to safety his junior year. By midseason, Nelson was OU's starting strong safety, a position he held for the rest of his college career.

“I saw (it can be done) with my own eyes,” Colvin aid.

But Colvin, who had a phenomenal freshman campaign as OU's No. 3 corner last season, realizes this transition will require work. Both physically and mentally. He's working to put on weight, but already he's up 10 pounds since last season, and is only seven pounds away from his goal of weighing 192.

“I also need to be more of a film room rat,” Colvin said. “Right now, I'm just getting a groove, getting a feel.

“But if I stay focused, I'll get it down.”


Lynn off to good start

NORMAN — Aaron Colvin's replacement at cornerback, sophomore Gabe Lynn, has also had a good start to the spring.

“He's done well,” coach Bob Stoops said after Wednesday's practice. “Gabe's had a couple of really good days, and I'm really excited about the way he's playing right away, too.”

Lynn, a former No. 1 instate recruit, redshirted in 2009 and played sparingly last year. Now, with Colvin moving to safety and Jamell Fleming currently not in school, Lynn is getting his chance.

“I'm real excited,” he said. “I hope Jamell can get back, but either way, I'm gonna go compete and try to earn a spot on the depth chart somewhere.”

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