Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 11

OU starting boundary corner Gabe Lynn

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is now just one spot away from the Top 10 on the most crucial defensive player countdown.

No. 11:

Player: Gabe Lynn

Position: Starting boundary corner

The rundown: Lynn, a 6-foot, 195-pound versatile corner from Tulsa, Okla., played in seven games last season. He recorded a fumble recovery and broke up a pass in OU's 47-17 rout over Florida State. Prior to that, he redshirted in 2009 after coming out of Jenks High School as the No. 1 ranked cornerback in the country. Lynn had an excellent spring and great Spring Game performance, as he picked off a pass and managed a pair of tackles, including a 5-yard sack.

Expectations for 2011: He's in a full-fledged fight with corner Jamell Fleming for the starting spot at boundary. Fleming, an All-Big 12 returnee after missing the spring with academic issues, rejoined the team right before the beginning of fall camp. Lynn, on the other hand, gained a step up with his successful spring. That has him in position to be the starter, and he has a good chance to win that spot. But likely, the two will both spend time in the lineup at corner. Either way, Lynn has a chance to make this a very good secondary because he's such a talented player.

Previous:

No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

No. 23: Geneo Grissom

No. 22: Joe Powell

No. 21: Quentin Hayes

No. 20: Torrea Peterson

No. 19: Jaydan Bird

No. 18: R.J. Washington

No. 17: David King

No. 16: Sam Proctor

No. 15: Joseph Ibiloye

No. 14: Stacy McGee

No. 13: Javon Harris

No. 12: Casey Walker

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