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Did Lynn Bowden confirm he is starting at quarterback?



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.

Former Kentucky superstar running back Benny Snell certainly seems to think it’s happening…

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?


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Did Lynn Bowden confirm he is starting at quarterback?

  1. Wildcat homer
    11:06 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Bowden’s athleticism gives us the best chance to beat Arky.

    A win KY desperately needs

  2. RackEmWillie
    11:13 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    If you’ve got a chance to put the best athlete on the field at QB, you’ve gotta do that. I know I was hard on Terry last year, but his athleticism could never be doubted.

    I think if UK had repped Bowden as the backup QB in spring and fall camps, UK would/could be 5-0 at this point in time, riding high and getting prepped to go 6-0.

    But, that’s all passed. Hopefully Stoops knows the right decision to make, and not just the traditional and easy call.

    • secrick
      11:35 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Got a feeling it’s going to be all run now and the other team will also know that. Hope i am wrong and he does great. Will be at the game yelling yelling like heck for the kid to do good. GO CATS

    • Southky
      12:00 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      I wish him well but he’s gonna be looking at a stacked box with 8 guys at the line of scrimmage. Unless he can throw it a lot better than I think I’m afraid it will be a disaster. I hope I’m wrong.

    • Miller45
      9:06 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Upshaw could be so valuable for lynn (assuming the opponents are going to double Wagner)to keep the defense honest. It was almost insulting how poorly CJ was utilized through his career

  3. Rod Crandler
    11:36 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Bowden will probably start, we score twice quickly, 14-0. Smith then comes in to replace Bowden in the 2nd QTR and Bowden does not take another snap. Game tied 14-14 and goes to OT. Everyone calls the post game show asking why Bowden didn’t play more at QB and no one knows. LOL. Sorry.

  4. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    11:47 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    This season is about to turn into a dumpster fire

  5. DelrayCat
    11:59 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Yea!….back to Bill Curry and three yards and a cloud of dust…
    If this happens….I see Arky stacking the box with 9-10 guys, and UKs total offensive stats of something like 45 rushes for about a 100 yds and 3-13 passing for 42 more.
    Actually with Arkansas’ fast tempo style, this game could get out of hand quickly if things go bad early…hopefully it works at least as good as the Matt Roark UT game….he ran for 115 and passed for 15 that day…very memorable for many of us.

    • DelrayCat
      12:01 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      ….the key will be to slow the game down as much as possible and to limit Arkansas possessions. That’s the only chance.

  6. JerryCat
    12:01 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    This is either going to go very well or very bad. I don’t see a scenario where we say “that went okay” in the post game. Will make for a very interesting game on October 12!

  7. DelrayCat
    12:08 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    That Tennessee game in 2011 is certainly going to be brought up repeatedly next week if this happens. It bears looking back to see how they did it. Mainly with the bend-but-don’t-break defense and winning the turnover battle 3-0. But those offensive stats were ugly…. 15 yards passing…9 punts…and 200 yrds rushing.

  8. DerBaron
    12:44 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    There you all go again with them negative waves

    • grammarpoliceUK
      9:56 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. Some people just can’t be happy with possibilities.Must be a horrible existence to only see bad outcomes in things.

  9. michaelb
    1:03 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    If the coaches were the least bit cunning they would tell ppl smith or wood is starting then start lynn. Just sayin , try everything to win ya know … especially the legal ways ?????

  10. michaelb
    1:04 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    If smoke and his mystery Injury are healed , pretty sure it will help out , he played sparingly last time and that didn’t help since he’s a threat to score on every play from the backfield

    • Bluehender
      2:25 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Good point..

  11. jaws2
    4:05 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Bowden at QB is the logical choice in our predicament. Unfortunately, I’d also have to get him off special teams. The only problem I have is Gran still calling the plays. I’d guess the over/under on the toss to the sideline pass behind the line of scrimmage is around 6. I can’t remember the last time we threw a slant to any receiver but we get smoked by it all the time.

  12. Gr8scot
    4:12 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    i really mean no disrespect but saying he’s taking over the team when he flat out dropped at least 6 touchdown passes 3 against uf and 3 against msu he has a long road to travel,,, both games could have been won and team morral took a big hit because of it and to be honest it was a real bright spot watching smith putting the ball on bowdens fingertips in stride to the endzone and twice in the gut in the endzone

  13. hakanea
    8:55 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not too excited about Lynn at QB … keep in mind the last drive against SC was against mostly 2nd and 3rd stringers!

  14. Big Sexy
    9:15 am October 5, 2019 Permalink

    If this has to do with Sawyer’s injury that’s fine. If Sawyer is on that short of a leash I have to question Stoop’s decision making. Seems like he is content on making his offense one dimensional once again. That’s why they couldn’t score at the end of last year and why a bad Tennessee team absolutely whipped their ass.