Lynn Bowden is your recipient of the 2019 Paul Hornung award!
Kentucky’s wide receiver/punt returner/kick returner/quarterback took home the hardware for the most versatile player in college football, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Wednesday morning. Bowden was one of four finalists for the award, along with Frankfort native Wandale Robinson of Nebraska, LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Virginia’s Joe Reed. Robinson won the online fan vote (eat it, Cornhusker bots.)
Bowden averaged 8.2 yards per rushing attempt in 2019, which leads the SEC and ranks second nationally. Before his run success, he also caught the ball and is the only player in the nation leading his team in both rushing (1,235) and pass receiving (348), and ranks 13th on UK’s career receptions list with 114 catches and 18th on the career receiving yards list with 1,303 yards. Let’s keep going: he also ranks fifth on UK’s career all-purpose yardage list at 4,407 yards, behind only Derek Abney, Rafael Little, Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb.
Needless to say, Bowden is very deserving of this award. He will pick it up at a ceremony in Louisville (the city he owns) in March.