State of the program: Safety 

January, 3, 2013
After grading the performance of Oklahoma’s safeties in 2012, it is the perfect time to take a closer look at the safeties on the roster or the commitment list as SoonerNation evaluates the future at the position for Oklahoma. Here’s a look at one player who could be next in line to make a major impact, one player to keep an eye on and one current commitment who could be the future.

Gabe Lynn
Denny Medley/US PresswireGabe Lynn is expected to make a big leap at safety next season.
Next in line: Gabe Lynn. This season proved that Lynn may be a better fit at safety than cornerback. He has the size and physicality to excel at safety and is listed as Javon Harris’ backup at strong safety. With Julian Wilson’s strong play this season, safety might end up being the perfect fit for Lynn, while Wilson steps in at nickelback.

Keep an eye on: Quentin Hayes. Hayes was emerging at safety before his suspension last summer. If Tony Jefferson leaves, safety becomes a major need position. And if Hayes can redeem himself and return to the level he was at last spring, he could become a factor on OU’s defense next season.
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