NORMAN — Oklahoma safety Gabe Lynn was named the Big 12 Conference defensive player of the week Monday morning.
Lynn had three tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in Oklahoma’s 16-7 win over West Virginia. He returned his first career interception six yards and his second career fumble recovery 27 yards.
“It wasn’t even me, it was the defense,” Lynn said Monday. “It was a good defensive play, so I’m just excited about where we can go and what future we’ve got.”
Lynn’s recognition marked the first Big 12 award for a player this season for senior, who moved to free safety this season.
“Gabe is really comfortable in that safety spot. He’s doing everything well to be honest, on top of being a leader. It’s exciting,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Gabe’s a strong hitter, definitely. I love the way he’s reading the quarterback and jumping the ball and making the interception he did, he’s doing a lot of good things like that.”
The OU defense has allowed seven total points in its first two games and are currently 20th in the country in total defense and tied for fourth in scoring defense.
Injury update: OU had two players leave the West Virginia game with injuries. Offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson limped off the field late in the game with an ankle injury and cornerback Aaron Colvin left the game in the third quarter after being kicked in the jaw.
Thompson returned to practice Monday. Colvin visited the dentist earlier in the day, but did not practice Monday.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops decline to discuss the extent of Colvin’s injury, “but we’re confident he will be ready,” he said.
Almost there: Despite the struggles throwing the ball, OU is averaging 431 yards a game of offense. That’s thanks to OU averaging 310.5 a game running the ball.