I want more Lynn Bowden.
No, I need more Lynn Bowden.
Through his first month on campus, Bowden was the mysterious freshman with a world of hype but no evidence to prove it to the fan base. Coaches raved about him on signing day and in fall camp, but we didn’t know what he could do or how he would adjust to the speed of college football.
Then came the first game of the season and the story around him was about his postgame tweets, not anything he did on the field in his debut. “Played me,” he wrote on Twitter, assumed to be directed toward his coaches. “Been struggling since I got here,” he said in another tweet.
We got a small taste of Bowden’s potential in Week 2, but only on two touches before he was ejected for targeting in the first half. Prior to the early exit, he had 60 yards on two kick returns, one of which came dangerously close to going all the way for a touchdown.
The South Carolina game in Week 3 gave us a little more Bowden — three carries for 10 yards and one kick return — but still not enough to warrant too many more opportunities. However, the three snaps out of the Wildcat showed the staff’s confidence in Bowden in the backfield.
Finally, in the Florida game, Bowden really showed us what he can do. On one play out of the Wildcat he scampered for nine yards after being dead to rights in the backfield; on another he threw a 24-yard pass to Sihiem King on a trick play to set up a 1st-and-goal.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) September 23, 2017
Then for reasons I’ll never understand, Bowden didn’t touch the football again against the Gators. Whatever the reason for that, I don’t know. What I do know, though, is we have now seen enough Bowden to know we need more.
Bowden’s sample size is small through four games with only nine total touches, but I don’t think I’m alone in saying give Lynn Bowden the rock. This fan right here is willing to live with whatever Bowden does. Will he make mistakes? Probably so because he’s a true freshman with very little experience. But let’s take that chance because the good in Bowden’s game looks to be much more exciting and entertaining than the bad.
More Lynn Bowden, please.