Amidst all the storylines from week one, there seems to be one that has fallen between the cracks a little bit, and that would be the play of Lexington native, David Bouvier.
Bouvier led the team in receiving with 48 yards and a touchdown. Not gaudy numbers by any means, but with the shaky quarterback play from yesterday, this is a big bright spot. He also makes the plays when they need to be made, had Bouvier not gotten the touchdown at the end of the first half Kentucky would have been down at half, with CMU getting the ball to start the second half. That touchdown was a huge momentum shift.
Gunnar Hoak stands firm in the pocket and delivers the touchdown pass to David Bouvier. pic.twitter.com/3GpjQWEGt7
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 1, 2018
Bouvier played fearlessly. The senior took some shots yesterday but was still able to hang around and make the tough plays when they had to be made. After the game, Stoops said Bouvier is fearless, he has made those plays all throughout camp, and he’s been very solid.
Benny Snell had high praise for Bouvier as well, in fact, Benny says Bouvier reminds him of your friendly neighborhood Spider-man.
“Bouvier is like Spider-man, he doesn’t drop anything. He’s a major help. He’s really good at catching the ball on the sideline; he can just get open. He’s small, and he’s got that speed and hands. He’s deadly.”
Bouvier also showed some bright spots on punt return, averaging 10 yards a return with 21 being his longest. Even the short returns he made on punts were huge for the offense. Bouvier said:
“If I can stop the ball from rolling 10 to 20 yards that’s huge for our offense, so I don’t mind taking those hits. None of them really hurt me.”
In what was a shaky passing performance for the Cats, David Bouvier was a huge bright spot. Bouvier seems to be a reliable option, at least for now, especially with Lynn Bowden and Dorian Baker fighting through some rust.
From walk-on to scholarship player, to a great performance in the first game you can’t help but feel great for the Lexington native.
— cj conrad (@cjconrad1) September 2, 2018
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