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Syracuse Football: Get To Know Your Orange Man - #8 Keon Lyn

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We're counting down every SU football player from Chandler Jones (#99) to Phil Thomas (#1). Keep track of every player profile right here.

Next up on your Orange-Man Orientation, #8, Keon Lyn.

Position: Defensive back

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 190

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).

Scouts/Rivals Said:. Rivals rates him a two-star player while Scout says just a one-star kind of guy. Crazy.

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.

Links of Wonder II: Briant Bennett considered Keon Lyn one of the breakout star possibilities on the team this season:

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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