NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have their first Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honoree in nearly two years, as free safety Gabe Lynn took down the honors following a brilliant performance in last weekend's 16-7 victory over West Virginia.
Lynn recorded an interception and a fumble recovery on consecutive possessions in the third quarter.
First, with OU leading 13-7 but the Mountaineers driving, Lynn read West Virginia quarterback Paul Millard's eyes and picked him off over the middle of the field before stepping out of bounds.
On the very next drive, West Virginia's Kevin White hauled in a pass and took it down to the OU 19-yard line, but strong safety Quentin Hayes stripped him loose of the ball and Lynn picked it up, proceeding to return it 27 yards.
"Yeah, some of that and then also a lot of like the interception I had and the fumble recovery wasn’t even me," Lynn said, crediting his teammates for winning the award. "You know, the defense [helped]. It was a result of a good defensive play, so I’m just excited about where we can go and what future we got."
In all, the Sooner senior finished with those two turnovers and three tackles, again displaying great comfortability in his new position since moving back from nickel.
"It’s been smooth," Lynn said. "You know, just playing every position back there in the secondary, I know what everybody’s doing, so it’s definitely helped. And yeah, it’s been smooth I’ll say."
Lynn has been a huge part of a defense that has only allowed one score and seven total points through two games after getting gashed repeatedly throughout the 2012 season.
He has five tackles, a breakup and two deflections along with the pair of turnovers in his first two games.