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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Crimson Countdown: S Gabe Lynn

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 9 Gabe Lynn
Safety, 6-foot, 199 pounds, senior


Gabe Lynn
Gabe Lynn will get the first shot to start at safety for the Sooners in 2013.
Impact thus far: Lynn is one of the most scrutinized players on the roster. He was highly regarded when he stepped on campus and hasn’t lived up to those lofty expectations. The senior has made some good plays, some bad plays and some ugly plays during his 30-game career thus far. Nonetheless he’s likely to leave Norman as a guy who was a significant contributor for three of his four years on the field.

Lynn has started 12 games, including 10 in 2012, heading into his final season. He started at nickelback as a junior finishing with 34 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups. He has 56 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and one fumble recovery in his career.

Expectations for 2013: As one of the few veterans on the defense, OU will be leaning on Lynn to make a major impact. He’s slated to start at safety, a position he feels might suit him best. The Sooners are counting on him to be a stabilizing, veteran force in the secondary. But Lynn might have to compete hard to hold off newcomers Ahmad Thomas and Hatari Byrd.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Lynn looks like a natural at safety where his cornerback background and coverage skills allow Mike Stoops to be more creative as he looks to slow Big 12 offenses.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Lynn struggles at safety early in the season as teams try to isolate and take advantage of him in one-on-one situations forcing the Sooners to turn to an inexperienced player before they’re ready.

SoonerNation's evaluation for Lynn: B. Lynn hasn’t been a star but he could leave Norman as a guy who started almost half of the games he played in. If OU had a full recruiting class with that type of production, they’d be pretty happy.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Lynn: D. Lynn was never really equipped to excel at cornerback, yet stayed there for his first three years in Norman including his redshirt year. Mike Stoops arrived and moved him inside to nickelback before putting him at safety this season.