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Lynn Bowden is not trying to steal Terry Wilson’s job

Before he was an All-SEC wide receiver, Lynn Bowden was a talented high school quarterback. He’s only thrown a few passes over the last two years, but Bowden can still sling it.

Bowden was seen throwing passes, instead of catching them, quite often throughout Kentucky’s 15th preseason practice. From receiver drills, to 7-on-7 and even 11-on-11, Lynn was letting it fly.

“I just wanted to show off my arm a little bit, just show them I still got it.” Bowden said he’s not trying to take Terry Wilson’s job, still, Wilson can feel the heat.

“He’s been looking good out there,” said Wilson. “He’s been throwing the ball good, so I’m going to have to beat him up and tell him it’s my position.”

Stoops happily got in on the joke, or is it a joke?

“He can do a lot of things,” said Stoops. “We’ll continue to fool around with him there.”

In his first season as a Wildcat, Bowden completed 3-of-4 passes out of the Wildcat formation for 92 yards. The lone incompletion was an interception. Just like in his first year, when Bowden was throwing the football at Tuesday’s practice, he was throwing it deep. Even if it’s only implemented once every few games, it can do just enough to force the defense to honor the potential pass, giving Bowden more room to operate in the run game.

“It adds more stress to the defense. They probably won’t know he can throw the ball like that,” said Terry Wilson. “They probably think he’s just going to run it. Then he pulls and throws a 60-yard yard bomb or something like that. It catches the defense on their heels. It’s explosive. It’s definitely going to be something for the defense to keep their eyes open to.”

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran knows that for his unit to be successful, Bowden needs as many touches as possible. If that means letting him rip it out of the Wildcat, so be it.

“You wanna try to get a guy that can make plays, you want to get him the ball anyway that you can,” said Gran. “We’re going to have him touches from everywhere, whether it be the X, Y, F, Z position. We’ll have him at quarterback, running back. He’s going to be a lot of different places.”

Lynn Bowden is not putting Terry Wilson’s job in jeopardy anytime soon. In fact, Bowden’s ability to get open will provide Wilson with plenty of job security. Anything to help a friend.

We’re like peanut butter and jelly,” Bowden said, “I’m the peanut butter. I’m tough, tough to swallow.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Lynn Bowden is not trying to steal Terry Wilson’s job

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:19 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Please don’t call Wilson jelly, they’re plenty of people on here who would jump at the chance to say he folds like it. Even though he only really slid when he was injured, to these few facts don’t matter.

    • ukkatzfan
      6:26 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe he will spread the ball around like jelly ?

  2. KYjellyRoll
    4:20 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Well let’s just advertise our secret weapon

    • ClutchCargo
      4:36 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not meant to be a secret weapon, necessarily, just something else for defenses to plan for. Practice time is precious, and stuff like this eats into it.

  3. Secret Squirrel
    4:51 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    If Nick thought there was a chance Bowden would be throwing more than a few passes a year he and Jack Pilgrim would already be trashing his game.

    • michaelb
      5:28 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Hahahahahah best comment I’ve seen in years

  4. michaelb
    5:27 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    It’s past time for implementation of gadget pass plays for Lynn