(Eds: Updates.) By MURRAY EVANS Associated Press After years of searching, Gabe Lynn has finally found a home in Oklahoma's secondary.
The senior's comfort level at free safety is a key reason why No. 14 Oklahoma (2-0) has allowed only seven points combined in wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia. The Sooners will look for a third straight strong defensive effort Saturday when they host in-state rival Tulsa (1-1).
''Gabe Lynn is really starting to kind of come into his own as a player,'' defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of the Big 12 Conference defensive player of the week.
It's been quite the journey getting there for Lynn, though. A star at Tulsa-area prep football powerhouse Jenks, Lynn arrived at Oklahoma in 2009 and promptly redshirted, causing him to think of transferring. He played as a backup cornerback in eight games in 2010, recovering a fumble in a win over Florida State, and was again a backup in 2011.
Last season, he was the designated ''nickelback'' i...