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Lynn Bowden has yet to have a negative play at Kentucky

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.

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.

For good measure, Bowden showed off his throwing ability in this double-reverse pass:

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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for Lynn Bowden has yet to have a negative play at Kentucky



  1. 4everUKblue
    8:22 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

    Let him play!



  2. Catcasey1
    8:39 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

    Show it then stoops



    • foamfinger
      9:23 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

      He still needa to digest the playbook. WRs run different routes on the same play based off the defense. He needs to be on the same page as QB, otherwise he won’t be where the QB expects him to be. Designed plays for him are great, but he has to learn the little details.



  3. AGSlater
    9:28 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

    Gran would rather run wildcat up the middle with no motion guy. Works like a charm



  4. KYcats11
    9:43 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

    Have fun without your head coach in both of your major sports!



  5. Luether
    9:46 pm October 2, 2017 Permalink

    Most people would say that getting ejected from the game is a “negative play”…



    • Eazy
      10:22 am October 3, 2017 Permalink

      That was a total bs call. The officials were from the AnyCostConference.