All off-season the Big Blue Nation got to witness a different side of junior wide receiver, Lynn Bowden Jr.
By the way, Lynn and his son are so impactful and Bowden seems to be an amazing father, and it was great to see him back at work playing for his son and his family back home yesterday.
During the game against Toledo on Saturday, all I could think about is man, Kentucky needs a big play, then I thought, “where’s Lynn?”
Then boom, this happens…
Momentum shifting plays are what Bowden is for this offense and it’s doing wonders. With his six receptions for 77 yards, he made the defense look silly all game, especially Toldeo’s cornerback, Jordan Hendy…
Lynn Bowden just hit em with the Smitty. On a football field. pic.twitter.com/PaAN9H3hXs
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 31, 2019
Every time he touches the ball, something amazing happens. Don’t get me started on the crowd before the kick-offs and punt returns. The chatter stopped because they knew Bowden will end up with the ball and every time a hole seemed to open up, the crowd would get going. Amazing to see the impact one player has an offense.
What’s different this year compared to last? His leadership on and off the field. As he said in that documentary, that is what he strives to do every day for his younger receivers.
Amongst a young receiving core with not much experience, Bowden is the spark that can start bringing the air raid system back for Stoops.
Plus, the more he can lead the room, the more production the other guys can get, which will open more of what Bowden can do on the field.
During his post-game press conference, Bowden had this to say about what it means to have other receivers shining with him on gameday and what it can do for him when it’s time to make the big plays. “It’s way easier, they can’t just double team, they got to spread the field.” Then as teams do spread the field to cover other receivers, the more one-on-one coverage Bowden is going to have. With his speed, there are only a few defensive backs that can keep up with him. It’s going to be truly amazing seeing Terry Wilson look over and see man-to-man and know that it’s TD time. The ole’ Madden “Hot Route” audible is going to be in effect all year long.
After one game, can we say early offensive MVP goes to him? Maybe.
I just cannot wait to see what Eddie Gran draws up for him in two weeks against Florida. If it’s anywhere close to what it was last year, you might want to be ready to go at KSBar afterward cause I can see this happening again.
Any recommendations for a clean up crew? We need them here at 6 am tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/nVlDHYokUE
— KSBar and Grille (@KSBarAndGrille) September 9, 2018
Knowing them, it’s going to be even better than this.