Last week, I wrote an article saying Lynn Bowden had yet to lose yards on any play in his young Kentucky career. We have seen him make plays in the backfield as a runner, on kick return, and even through the air as a passer on a double-reverse trick play.
During last Monday’s press conference, head coach Mark Stoops had some high praise for the talented freshman.
“He’s smart. We trust him,” Stoops said. “(There’s) something about him when he gets the ball. Effortless, great balance.”
Last night, not only did Bowden extend his streak of positive yards, he went viral in the bluegrass with this ridiculous catch-and-run:
Lynn Bowden does something special each time he touches the ball. pic.twitter.com/Gla6EVEB57
– Brian Heil (@Gr8Day2BWildcat) October 8, 2017
Any other freshman would have fallen to the ground after that initial contact. We’ve seen veterans go down on weaker tackle attempts. Instead, Bowden methodically cut back across field and made something out of nothing. It was fascinating.
Boom Williams took the world by storm on a similar cross-field run for a big gain against Florida in his freshman season.
Similar to Williams, if you get Bowden in the open field with the ball in his hands, he’s going to make something happen.
The star freshman finished the day with three receptions for 49 yards, along with three kick returns for 79 yards, including one 35-yarder that was a shoestring tackle away from Kentucky’s first kick return touchdown in eight years.
This is the start of something special, and I only have one thing to say about it:
I'M IN LOVE WITH LYNN BOWDEN AND I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 8, 2017
Stoops said last week he planned on getting more snaps to Bowden, and you better believe he’ll be getting even more reps after this performance.