Will Lynn Bowden be starting at quarterback next Saturday against Arkansas?
One of his most recent posts on Twitter certainly seems to hint at it.
The junior receiver, who took over at the quarterback position late in the fourth quarter against South Carolina on Saturday, posted an image of himself wearing a red QB jersey in practice and handing the ball off to running back AJ Rose. To take it a step further, Bowden added a caption with the date of Kentucky’s next football game, “Oct12,” with a shushing face emoji.
? Oct12. ? pic.twitter.com/UquXddQldz
— Lynn Bo (@LynnBowden_1) October 4, 2019
Former Kentucky superstar running back Benny Snell certainly seems to think it’s happening…
It’s time. https://t.co/m2Z9uxPmhC
— Mr SNELL YA LATER?? (@benny_snell) October 4, 2019
On Monday during his weekly call-in show, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced he would “continue to work [Bowden] in at quarterback” starting this week when the Wildcats returned to the practice field.
“I think it’s no secret we’re going to continue to work Lynn in at quarterback, and then Walker Wood. We’ll use both of them out there [during practice],” Stoops said. “Everything is in play. We’ll see, it’s hard to see how this week is going to go. We’ll get those guys ready. A lot of talk has been out there about our quarterbacks, but Lynn gave us the best option. He gave us a great two or three weeks at the position [in practice].”
The Kentucky coach also added that his star receiver has a firm grasp of the playbook and can run the offense in its entirety, should he be thrown into the fire as the starter next week.
“We’ll run our entire offense, his vision is so impressive,” he said. “Dropback and RPO-wise. It also helps to have an athletic guy back there, you can’ just tee off and rush. It helps when we have struggles on the offensive line like we’re having now. You have to be disciplined in your rush lanes when you have Terry back there, he can get around you and beat you in a hurry.”
Stoops compared Bowden’s effectiveness in the backfield to some running quarterbacks in the NFL and how difficult they have been making life for elite defenses.
“You can tell just by watching that game. When he went in there, the pass rush was different,” Stoops said. “They had to be more disciplined in their rush defense. They had to be more disciplined, so it wasn’t as effective. You can watch that in the NFL right now, some of the very elusive guys, the defense has to be more disciplined. They’re also in a predicament because they have to decide whether they’re going to go man or zone. If you go zone, Lynn can nickel and dime you, and then pull it down and run it if need be.”
After the loss on Saturday, Bowen said he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Wildcats win games moving forward, even if it means he has to take over the entire offense.
“I’m a fighter,” Bowden said. “I’m just fighting for my team until the clocks says zero-zero. Whatever I gotta do, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
And after day one of playing quarterback in practice, Bowden said he was already getting the hang of things, adding that it has helped receiving reps as the team’s wildcat quarterback over the last two seasons.
“It’s somewhat similar,” Bowden said. “Now that I’ve played both, I get to know he’s (the defender) going to go there, he’s going there and my receiver is going here, so I know what to expect from my receivers.”
Will Bowden actually be Kentucky’s QB1 against Arkansas next Saturday?