We all know just how electrifying Lynn Bowden can be. Not only was he dominant through the air, but he also took two punt returns to the house. His first punt return helped swing the momentum late in the Missouri game to set up the exciting come-from-behind victory. The second set the stage for a great win over Penn St. in the Citrus Bowl. Especially with the rumors of Terry Wilson airing it out more this season, it is clear that Lynn Bowden will be a big part of the success for this year’s team.
Last year, Bowden set a sophomore Kentucky record with 67 catches, surpassing Derek Abney’s 66 reception mark. He went for 745 yards through the air and scored 5 touchdowns. His 67 catches were also the most by any Wildcat receiver since Randall Cobb pulled in 84 in 2010. There are plenty of similarities between the two standout UK receivers. Both are phenomenal athletes that made their presence known in a variety of ways on the field.
When Cobb was a sophomore, after switching to Wide Receiver, he managed 39 catches for 447 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed nearly 100 times for 573 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 1 punt return touchdown. That production jumped a season later when Cobb pulled in a UK record 84 balls for just over 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns.
If Terry Wilson really does throw the ball 35-40 times a game it is very possible that Lynn could approach Cobb’s single-season reception record. Those balls have to go to somebody, and he is clearly the most dynamic. While another breakout year for Lynn Bowden could mean a jump to the NFL, it will also make for an extremely exciting season on the gridiron for the ‘Cats. It’ll be interesting to watch him chase Randall Cobb’s record, but most importantly, it’ll be fun to watch one of our most electrifying athletes since the NFL star graced Commonwealth Stadium a decade ago.