Another day, another accolade for Lynn Bowden. Today, the junior was named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to college football’s most versatile player. He’s one of 44 nominees.
Last season, Bowden broke the school record for most receptions (67) by a sophomore, surpassing Derek Abney’s 66 from 2001. He led Kentucky in catches, receiving yards (745) and touchdown receptions (five) and hauled in the most catches in a season since Randall Cobb’s 84 in 2010. The Youngstown, Ohio native was also one of just three players nationally with two punt returns for a touchdown last season, and returned 25 kickoffs for an average of 21.6 yards per return.
Bowden is also on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the college football’s most outstanding receiver regardless of position. He needs only 45 receiving yards to become the 30th player in school history to reach 1,000 for their career.
I got sucked into the SEC Network’s replay of Kentucky vs. Missouri yesterday, and Bowden’s return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty:
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