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Report: Former PSU DB D’Anton Lynn Expected to be UCLA’s Next DC

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Jarrod Prugar

Former Penn State defensive back D’Anton Lynn is expected to be named the next defensive coordinator at UCLA, On3Sports reported Wednesday night.

Lynn, the son of former LA Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, is the Baltimore Ravens’ safeties coach. He’s been on Baltimore’s staff for two seasons, starting as the team’s defensive backs coach in 2021.

Before that, Lynn coached with the Houston Texans from 2018-20, spending the 2018-19 seasons as assistant secondary coach and becoming the lead secondary coach for the 2020 season. Lynn spent 2017 on his father’s staff in LA, mainly working with the linebackers.

Before Anthony Lynn became the Chargers’ head coach, he and his son worked together on Rex Ryan’s staff in Buffalo for the 2015-16 seasons.

The older Lynn was the Bills’ running backs coach and assistant head coach. The younger one was a defensive assistant. D’Anton Lynn began his coaching career on the same staff as his father in 2014, when the two worked on Ryan’s last staff with the New York Jets. Anthony Lynn held the same title he did in Buffalo, and D’Anton spent that season as a coaching intern.

Before D’Anton Lynn started coaching, he had a brief run in pro football. He signed with the New York Jets after the 2012 draft, but the team cut him near the end of training camp. He signed with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in late May 2013 but was released eight days later.

Lynn played at Penn State from 2008-11 and made honorable-mention All-Big Ten three times. In his freshman season, Lynn was part of a Penn State team that went 11-2 and won the Big Ten, earning a trip to the Rose Bowl, where it lost to USC.

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