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Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #8, Keon Lyn.
Position: Defensive back
Hometown: Miramar, FL
High School: Miramar HS
2010 Stats: Keon played in 9 games for SU last season, amassing four tackles, three solo.
2011 Projections: Keon is all set to take his place as one of our starting defensive backs, a spot he could be holding for the next three seasons. The only issue? A nasty dislocated shoulder looked to knock him out for a long time. However, a speedy recovering has him back on track.
It should be interesting to watch Lyn progress all season. The Thomas Boys are the most well-known members of the defensive backfield and Kevyn Scott is a fifth-year senior. Expect offenses to test Lyn early and often and expect him to answer the call.
How'd He Get Here?: As a senior captain, Lyn led Miramar to the state championship, recording 119 tackles and five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
Lyn had originally verbally-committed to Northern Illinois but I suppose the pull of Syracuse, NY was too much for him. He was also apparently considering USF, Maryland, Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH).
Money Quote: “Everything on the visit went so well,” Lyn said. “The campus, coaching staff and what they have to offer in the classroom...When I went to a basketball game on campus in Syracuse, I was sold on the college atmosphere...It was everything you dreamed that a college would like.”
Links of Wonder: Keon is one of the most active and entertaining tweeters on the team. You're pretty much required to follow him.
Syracuse coaches really like Lyn's athletic ability as he attempts to step into a starting role this season for the first time. He got his feet wet in limited action as a true freshman last season and now will have to respond to the pressure of covering Big East receivers one-on-one at times in Syracuse's pressure scheme.
Doug Marrone Thinks: "Keon Lyn right now is a starter and then Kevyn Scott who has played for us before is a starter."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Keon missed some time last season due to mononucleosis. He's better now.
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