Lynn Bowden has already had a spectacular career as a Kentucky Wildcat. Unfortunately, due to the recent news that Terry Wilson will miss the rest of the season, we now have to ask Bowden to do even more. Quite simply, the Wildcats will need him to be a do-it-all, first-round pick type of player for the remainder of the year.
Coming into the 2019 season, one of the biggest points of excitement was Lynn Bowden and what he would bring to the table offensively as a dynamic playmaker. Late in camp some video footage surfaced of Bowden showing off his throwing arm as well which got dreams of exciting Wildcat formation possibilities swirling. However, in week one we got a relatively pedestrian 77 yards on six catches from the junior (that is a pretty good line for an “average” game). Many fans were surprised he wasn’t used in the running game at all and that he simply didn’t get more touches.
In last night’s 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan, the playbook was opened up a little bit more for the star playmaker. Not only did Bowden collect seven catches for 54 yards and one score, but he also rushed twice for 17 yards and completed a 32 yard pass to Terry Wilson. His role will only continue to expand after the devastating news that Terry Wilson will miss the remainder of the season. I would expect Bowden to take significantly more snaps in the Wildcat and also get the ball in his hands more often through quick screens or end-around type runs.
In order for Kentucky to still get to the eight or nine wins that many fans were hoping for, it will be even more critical now for Bowden to become a First Team All-SEC type performer. I actually have a lot of faith in Sawyer Smith, but with some of the improvements we had seen from Wilson, primarily his intermediate passing ability, I just don’t see the overall QB play being as good as it was prior to his injury. If Lynn Bowden can start producing 150+ total yards per game it will certainly soften the transition from QB1 to QB2.