For the first time as a Kentucky football player, Lynn Bowden spoke to the media. Â The electric athlete would rather show what he can do than talk about it, but he didn’t get that opportunity for long against EKU.
“It was hard, but I’m fine,” Bowden said. Â “I’m an athlete. Â I got to adjust.”
Since the targeting penalty took him out of his first game, wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas has seen Bowden adapt well to adversity.
“He was excited. Â He maybe got a little too excited. Â He got kicked out, but he wants to be player. Â He wants to make plays. Â You can’t be mad at him for that, giving effort,” Thomas said. Â “His attitude is great. Â He’s looking forward to this week. Â I’m hoping he can play more than two plays.”
He did not accomplish too much during his limited time on the field. Â Bowden admitted he was a little nervous, but the first kickoff return helped him shake off early jitters. Â After that, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran saw flashes of good things to come.
“He ran a great route when he had that penalty. Â He’s going to have opportunities to catch the football in the game,” Gran said. Â “It’ll be fun to see him in that environment and get some opportunities. Â Hopefully we get the ball in his hands.”
Gran will use Bowden in a variety of ways to get the ball into his hands at South Carolina. Â He’ll return kicks, play slot and maybe even see some snaps out of the Wildcat, but Bowden wasn’t willing to share if Wildcat quarterback is in his repertoire.Â “That’s something for the spectators to see,” he said.
Even though he arrived late, learning multiple positions was not a challenge for Bowden once he mastered wide receiver, something that took some time.
“Just adjusting to the receiver position. Â It’s something I never played before,” Bowden said “Just being able to adjust to the college speed coming from high school. Â Things are much faster. Â That was my biggest challenge since I’ve been here.”
Adjusting to the speed of the game is much more difficult if you’re not in shape.
“When he first got here he wasn’t in shape,” Thomas said. Â “He’s worked his butt off to get into shape and learn this offense. Â He has a lot of football knowledge and that’s one thing you can’t take from him. Â He’s been able to pick things up very fast.”
Now Bowden has all of the tools to make plays on Saturdays. Â He’s tired of talking about it. He just wants to do it.
“I’m a believer in showing what you do instead of talking about it. Â I’ll just let you guys find out.”