To open the season against Southern Miss, Lynn Bowden finished with zero targets on two reps at wide receiver, and was not part of the kick or punt return units.
After the game, the true freshman tweeted, and later deleted, that he was “played” and that he has “been struggling ever since he got here.”
Against Eastern Kentucky, Bowden opened the game with a 30-yard kick return, but was ejected on a targeting call midway through the first quarter.
In Kentucky’s third game against South Carolina, Bunchy Stallings sent a ball above Bowden’s head in his first career attempt out of the Wildcat. The Gamecocks recovered, and many thought early success for the true freshman just wasn’t meant to be.
As far as career starts go, Bowden’s couldn’t have gone much worse.
And then he made something out of nothing on his next touch against USC.
Lynn Bowden with his first gain from scrimmage. pic.twitter.com/s9qIdA6gE8
– Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 17, 2017
He finished the day with three rushing attempts for 10 yards.
Bowden rolled out for the pass from the Wildcat against Florida, juked two defenders, took the ball back across field, and was a shoestring tackle away from taking it to the house.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present Mr. Lynn Bowden. pic.twitter.com/jzAgHrDKEV
– Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 23, 2017
For good measure, Bowden showed off his throwing ability in this double-reverse pass:
Lynn Bowden making plays again. pic.twitter.com/zTUtkJVXfT
– Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 24, 2017
He finished the day with two rushing attempts for 13 yards, along with 24 yards on 1/1 passing.
On Saturday against Eastern Michigan, it was more of the same.
Bowden caught his two receptions as a Wildcat for 19 yards, along with one rush for five yards.
With the ball in his hands, Lynn Bowden has yet to be taken down behind the line of scrimmage.
*Knocks on wood*
In today’s press conference, Mark Stoops told reporters that Bowden played in 20 snaps against Eastern Michigan, but that number is likely to increase as the season progresses.
“He’s smart. We trust him,” Stoops said. “(There’s) something about him when he gets the ball. Effortless, great balance.”
His touches have been minimal, but his efficiency and impact on said touches has been phenomenal.
This kid is good, and he’s only going to get better.