With Sawyer Smith’s status uncertain, Kentucky may have to lean on Lynn Bowden to lead the offense. Mark Stoops hopes Smith will be healthy enough to play vs. Arkansas, “but I’m no doctor, so I shouldn’t pretend to be.”
While Sawyer’s ailing body heals, Kentucky will expand its package with Lynn Bowden at quarterback. He led the way in Kentucky’s only scoring drive, completing a pass to Josh Ali for nine yards and rushing for 29 to put the goal near the goal line. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is confident when Bowden is taking snaps.
“He knows every position. The reason why we can move Lynn around is because he knows everything,” said Gran. “He’ll know where they’re supposed to be. That’s the really good thing about him. He’s gonna know a concept. If he’s that guy and we expand that right there, then you do that. He was pretty electric when he was back there. It’s what he did in high school. It’s not just hitches. He throws the deep ball well. He can throw inside, he can throw a dig, so I think his package can certainly be expanded.”
Even though the game was out of reach, Bowden did not relent.
“I’m a fighter,” Bowden said after the loss. “I’m just fighting for my team until the clocks says zero-zero. Whatever I gotta do, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
If that means playing quarterback, he’ll play quarterback, just like Randall Cobb did a decade ago. He will not know if his number is called to QB1 for quite some time. Until then, Kentucky needs him to be a leader in the locker room to ensure the Cats are not stuck in a rut for the rest of the season.
“We just gotta make it a point of emphasis that we can’t hang our heads, on to the next one. There ain’t no would of, could of, should of. The game’s over. We lost,” he said. “It just goes back down to execution. Like I said last week, I never point my finger at anybody. If anything, I’ll take the fall. It’s my fault. I’ll be better.”