Kentucky’s sophomore sensation is up for one of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
Wide receiver Lynn Bowden has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List. The award is given each year in Louisville to the most versatile player in college football. Previous winners include Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley.
Bowden is considered a wide receiver, but he does so much more. If he isn’t lined up in the slot, he could be Kentucky’s Wildcat quarterback. In special teams he is a dangerous returner, named to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team as a specialist.
This year you can expect to see Bowden used in even more ways. At yesterday’s Kickoff Luncheon, Mark Stoops said, “He’s going to be dynamic in the return game and offensively, we’re constantly looking for ways to create and get him the football.”
If Kentucky can successfully get Bowden the ball in open space on a consistent basis, he could be the youngest to take home the Hornung hardware. He’s the fifth Wildcat to receive a preseason recognition. Here are all of the Wildcats who made preseason watch lists:
Benny Snell — First Team All-SEC, Maxwell, Doak Walker
Josh Allen — Second Team All-SEC, Butkus, Bednarik
Mike Edwards — Second Team All-SEC, Bednarik, Nagurski, Jim Thorpe
C.J. Conrad — Third Team All-SEC, Mackey, All-State Good Works Team, Wuerffell Award