The Belk Bowl will be Lynn Bowden’s final game as a Kentucky Wildcat. The junior all-purpose threat just announced he is forgoing his senior year of eligibility and entering the 2020 NFL Draft, thanking fans for their support in a video on social media.
“What’s good, BBN? This is your quarterback, receiver, kick returner, and punt returner Lynn Bowden Jr. This is a moment I’ve dreamed of for a long time but there’s no way I could have gotten here without a lot of people. To my mom and my family, thank you for raising me. To my son, thank for your inspiring me.
To Coach Stoops and Coach Marrow, you believe in me, you believed in the person I could become. Coach Gran, Coach Hinshaw, and Coach Smith and all of my coaches, you challenged me, made me better, and put me in a position to succeed. My strength coaches and trainers were there every step of the way.
To the Big Blue Wall, I can’t say enough about you. The best O-Line in America. I couldn’t ask for a better set of teammates. You guys are my brothers.
To our fans, the Big Blue Nation, you took a kid from Youngstown, Ohio and helped me become a man. For that, this place is my forever home. It won’t be easy to leave that but now is my time to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The memories we made here are something special. From a ten-win season last year to going back to my old position this year. I’ll be taking those memories with me wherever I go next.
But first we have one more game to win. For my last game in Kentucky Blue, I need all the BBN to come out and support us and help us get this bowl game win. Come see about it in Charlotte.”
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) December 9, 2019
Bowden, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, currently leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153.0 yards per game (note that all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback). He is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards. Earlier today, he was named AP First Team All-SEC at the All-Purpose position.
He is a legend. Thank you, Lynn.