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Stop worrying, Lynn Bowden will be just fine.


Coming into his career at Kentucky, many considered Lynn Bowden to be the next Randall Cobb.

His field vision, speed, and elusiveness last year was among the best in the entire nation, and the Warren, OH native’s recruiting analysis proved that.

“I’ve seen a lot of the top players in the country this year, and in the open field he’s as good as anyone, in my opinion,” Scout.com Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene said in an interview with the Courier-Journal. “He’s a threat to score every time he touches the football and when he gets in a college system where he’s not the focal point of the defense, he could really be dangerous then.”

After managing 3,643 total yards and 57 touchdowns as a senior in high school, expectations for Bowden were through the roof, and rightfully so. He’s an electric talent with the ability to do special things with the ball in his hands.

But after just a few months on campus, the true freshman’s reputation has taken a hit.

Bowden showed up late to camp due to academic eligibility concerns. Not a good look, but not detrimental by any means.

Following the season opener against Southern Miss, he then took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the coaching staff about the lack of reps he received.

That’s where things got ugly.

Fans immediately bashed him for reacting after one game of minimal playing time.

In his first touch as a Wildcat against EKU, he took the opening kickoff back 30 yards, giving fans a sign of hope. He then returned another kick and found himself at receiver a handful of times midway through the first quarter.

Just a few drives later, Bowden made a crushing block on a Colonel defender and was (questionably) ejected for targeting.

You guessed it, fans let him have it on Twitter:

It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and slam athletes for making bone head decisions, we’ve all done it at one point or another.

But this kid is 19 years old. There is a whole lot of time for the freshman to get back on your good side.

The coaching staff and fan base have praised the four-star freshman to no end since he was on UK’s recruiting radar.

Before Bowden even committed to Kentucky, Vince Marrow told the media, “I ain’t going to say no names, but it’s one guy. One dynamic guy that we’re definitely waiting on.”

After he signed on the dotted line, Marrow followed up with even more high praise: “I’ll go on record and say this: We signed the best player in Ohio. Lynn Bowden is the best player in Ohio.”

The coaching staff has adamantly backed the class of 2017 as the best recruiting class of the Mark Stoops era, and Bowden is the centerpiece of that.

This kid knows how good he is and wants the opportunity to shine. He understands he doesn’t have the seniority, but he does have the talent. If we’ve learned anything from watching Kentucky basketball, it’s that talent outweighs experience.

And the coaching staff is conscientious of that.

Instead of criticizing the star freshman and issuing a punishment following the original tweeting incident, Stoops agreed with him. He was understanding of Bowden’s concerns. He said the team needs to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands on a regular basis because he has the opportunity to do great things with it.

Our own Freddie Maggard told us that he has yet to drop a ball in practice, and he was turning heads on his first official day of practice. Stoops told reporters today that he had an incredible week of practice last week and that “his time will come.”

We have a kid wanting to make a major impact immediately, specifically in a situation where the offense wasn’t getting much going. He wanted to be the game changer we all expect him to become right out of the gate. We’ve had those instant-impact guys at UK in the past, and if you believe the coaching staff, he’s going to step right in line and continue the trend.

He needs to be patient, and that’s part of the maturation process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it’s impressive to see a kid with his toolbox ready to give it a shot.

Lynn Bowden will be just fine.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter at @JackPilgrimKSR

34 responses to “Stop worrying, Lynn Bowden will be just fine.”

  1. My Dixie Wrecked

    There’s a reason Ohio State didn’t want him. We’ll see if Stoops can control his ego and behavior. Guys like this can change a team with his ability or poison a team with his attitude.

    1. TakenNotGiven

      Smh

    2. foamfinger

      Well, it might be they had other positions they needed to fill. Who knows unless you are actually on the recruiting staff. Every coach ignores players in their own backyard for whatever reason.

    3. Eazy

      Penn State wanted him and they are currently better than the Buckeyes. He will be okay.

  2. callitlikeiseeit

    Don’t care how talented he is supposed to be, you don’t call out the coaches like that on social media. Sounds like a kid that has never had discipline in his sports life, coaches probably afraid to make him mad at them. Maybe if he had done his work and had grades he would have been here busting his a$$ like the rest of the players but NO, he expects to show up right before the season and take someones spot. Lynn you need to EARN the playing time and now you need to EARN the fans respect, right now I have none for you. If you are as talented as they say, WE NEED YOU to be part of the team, but not at the expense of the team.

    1. TakenNotGiven

      Smh

    2. maximumscott

      Stop.

    3. maximumscott

      U prolly want to have jr and srs from ky on bball team.

    4. callitlikeiseeit

      Max I do wish we had jrs and srs, we would get titles. Plus we would get to know and love OUR players like we used to. the one and none {titles} can’t win titles and that should be what UK stands for, not draft picks.

    5. maximumscott

      Same guy that tells others to shit down at a FB game. When we beat SC and UF please leave. This team will not blow a team out but they know how to win close games now.

    6. maximumscott

      U dont OWN players. Be blessed and understand that having a legitimate chance to win a title every year wont come along again.

    7. TBW3011

      We know more about players in 1-2 years now than we ever knew about a 4 year guy 20 years. If you want 4 year guys that’s fine, but stop with the “get to know them more bs”. Access and the ability to get to know players now is available more than ever.

    8. Eazy

      That’s the most ridiculous argument ever. And I hear it a lot. First of all how is it that one and dones can’t win titles? UK won one in 2012! Duke won a couple years ago. So Cal has a title and 4 final fours in 8 years and you want to go back to not getting elite players?! We had a 13 year final four drought before Cal. That’s where jrs and srs get you.

    9. Eazy

      And all the best programs recruit one and dones. It would be absolutely ludicrous not to get the best players.

    10. bailey000

      OMG u are insane

    11. callitlikeiseeit

      Lots of morons out I see. I am not against one and done, just can’t win a title with a team of them like we have every year. One moron says 2012, uh we had a KY SR on that team and we had Lamb and Jones as very experienced Soph. Duke won with lots of upper classmen, not 4 or 5 one and dones. Titles should be what matters, not FF, or Elite 8 or as it is now draft picks. And getting to know players is watching them grow as young men and players, you don’t do that in 1 year by social media. Yes the best programs recruit them and we need them to, but not a full lineup of them. If we could not win it, did not make final and were lucky to escape ND to get to FF, with the KAT group what more proof do you need, highly unlikely to get that great of a group again. Oh and by the way that group had upper classmen that contibuted a ton.

  3. ArmyCatFan

    Hopefully the kid has a breakout game this Saturday under the lights. We could use another playmaker on offense and special teams. He is a kid… under a lot of stress at that. I believe he has a newborn, the shock of college class as an athlete is tough to begin with, and he’s having to study the playbook while doing everything else. Yes, he did it to himself, but man, he is a kid. None of us would want our flaws to be reminded to us publicly like we as a fan base are doing to this kid.

    Go out there and make the coaches HAVE to put you on the field Lynn. That will make us all happy.

    1. maximumscott

      I could see him having a coming out party this gsme. The scene is set and SC wouldnt have any prep for a player they havent seen.

  4. ClutchCargo

    Man, we have some stupid fans. The title of this post says it all. Bowden will be fine.

    1. maximumscott

      I agree. Big game. Its a wonder we even have a decent team. Our fans are terrible sometimes.

    2. Luether

      He’ll be fine only if he grows up and matures quick…

  5. TonyMontana

    He wasnt even targeting on that block, it was a good play and a bad call and his reaction to getting ejected was done with class. I like the kid, stop hating on him.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      That was borderline targeting at best, and it is a perfect example of why the rule needs to be changed. As it is, it leaves too much to the refs’ discretion. Plus, it unfairly punishes tall guys who are tackling munchkins, which involves incidental contact above the shoulders almost by necessity simply because a third of the tall guy’s body is above the short guy’s shoulders. The current rule is almost a ban on tall guys tackling short guys!

  6. UKfansNKY

    Just frickin chill people. This kid is 19 years old and was the shit in high school, as we all know College is much different and adjustments need to be made and ALOT of growing up. Most of you pricks that are bashing this kid are grown ass adults and need to leave this kid alone and let the Coaches handle him before you run him off. GO CATS!!!

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      His first few games remind me a little of Cousin’s adjustment to college basketball. But after a few games, it began to click. The talent is obvious and when the light turns on, it’s going to be a spotlight.

  7. AllBall

    Granted, things could have been handled better but it shows his desire. Fans complain of the talent level we recruit, then when we land an explosive playmaker like Bowden they want to ridicule him over a comment.
    I’d rather have a highly talented kid want to be on the field than except being on the sideline.

    1. AllBall

      accept

  8. dylangeorge7988

    Wow…

    I rarely comment on these articles, but what a stupid f*cking write up this is, Jack- and honestly- I’m kind of interested in knowing just what type of “journalist” you believe you are.

    There were many more comments from fans on Twitter supporting Lynn, so no, the fans didn’t “let him have it” and most were able to discern that the call on the targeting- as shown in the video above- was a bogus call. I believe most of us were impressed to see a true freshman make such a good block. I know I was..

    Lynn Bowden is going to be a phenomenal player, and his tweets are absolutely a non-story. So maybe next how about you actually watch the game and actually write about football instead of this faux-TMZ garbage.

    Go CATS

    1. bailey000

      I agree, KSR should be more responsible than this. A few weeks ago they let some intern write political piece about taking a knee during the national anthem. KSR quit trying to ruin U.K. Athletics with unnecessary drama.

    2. TBW3011

      The call was correct by rule. Agree with everything else.

    3. dylangeorge7988

      “No player shall target and make forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent (See Note 2 below) with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. This foul requires that there be at least one indicator of targeting (See Note 1 below). When in question, it is a foul (Rules 2-27-14 and 9-6). (A.R. 9-1-4-I-VI)

      Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to:

      Launch—a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make forcible contact in the head or neck area

      A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground

      Leading with helmet, shoulder, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area

      Lowering the head before attacking by initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet”

      It was a shoulder pad to shoulder pad block. Clean by my eyes.

  9. Jesus H. Chrysler

    It’s safe to say Bowen isn’t majoring in English at U.K. His limited vocabulary tweets are an indication that his maturity level will be determined by his next literary abominations.

    1. dylangeorge7988

      You spelled Bowden wrong. Ironic.

  10. ukkatzfan

    Lynn Bowden will have a great career at UK and on into the NFL. Not so for Jack Pilgrim. Jack “Jerry Tipton” Pilgrim will be flipping burgers after his short time at KSR.