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PennState Football: Lynn Joins Buffalo Coaching Staff

by on January 27, 2015 1:55 PM

Penn State fans might just recognize a new face on the Buffalo Bills sideline this upcoming season as new head coach Rex Ryan hired former Nittany Lion D’Anton Lynn as a defensive assistant. The Bill announced a six man staff hire late Monday evening.

The move isn't entirely unexpected as Lynn follows Ryan from their former organization, the New York Jets where Ryan signed Lynn as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after completing his four-year career at Penn State.

By the end of his career Lynn had become an important fixture in Penn State's secondary unit. His sophomore season Lynn would earn All-Big Ten honors after a 35 tackle, three and a half for a loss, one half sack, and five pass breakup season. 

In 2010, Lynn started every game at cornerback, finishing with 75 tackles while grabbing a fumble recovery as well as seven pass breakups, and a career high three interceptions. Lynn’s numbers dipped during his senior campaign thanks largely to a neck injury that would see him carted off the field, but he was still able to put together a 49 tackle, one interception, and a career high nine pass deflection campaign.

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Lynn was drafted by the Jets but cut during the preseason and his bid with the Canadian Football League did not last much longer than that.

He was picked up by the Jets in an assistant role where his father, Anthony Lynn worked as running backs coach. Both D'Anton and his father joining Ryan in Buffalo in the same roles as they had in New York.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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