There are no words for what Lynn Bowden means to this Kentucky Football team. If filling in at quarterback wasn’t enough for the all-purpose threat, he went ahead and blocked for Kavosiey Smoke today, for goodness’ sake.
Bowden had 284 rushing yards and four touchdowns vs. Louisville, despite rolling his ankle in the second half. Not only are those 284 rushing yards the most ever by a quarterback in SEC history, Bowden is now the only player in the SEC to have two 200-yard rushing games this year. In a season Kentucky’s had more than its fair share of adversity, Bowden has emerged as the program’s latest legend.
Afterwards, Mark Stoops talked at length about Bowden, whom he compared to the great Lamar Jackson in terms of competitive spirit.
“What can you say about Lynn? He is truly remarkable in so many ways. But you have to recognize his competitive nature and just how tough and competitive and what a leader he is. In our business, if you’re gonna be an alpha dog, then be an alpha dog. And that’s him. When you do that time and time again and prove it, put the team on your back and say, let’s ride, let’s do this, it’s remarkable.
“I compare him, and please don’t misquote me on this — if you’re going to say it, say the whole thing — because Lamar Jackson was probably the greatest player ever maybe that I competed against, but what I admire so much about him is how competitive he is. He’s a remarkable quarterback and a remarkable talent but you can tell — what I’ve always admired about him was, after that year when we were fortunate and came back there and won up there, but that next year when he came down here, it was, ‘Come on.’ Put that team on your back and it was over. He wasn’t going to let anything happen because he was a complete alpha dog. He was taking over. And Lynn, in that regard, is one of the most competitive people I’ve seen.
“Again, don’t say I’m comparing him to Lamar and all that. Lamar is a fantastic, remarkable player, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but both in the same regard of how competitive they are and how much they want it on their back. They want to make plays and they wanna do it for their team. Really proud of Lynn and what he’s done.”
After the game, Bowden was overcome with emotion, pausing at midfield to reflect on what was likely his final game at Kroger Field. If this video by Shawn Smith doesn’t put a lump in your throat, I don’t know what will:
In what was likely his final game at Kroger Field, Lynn Bowden walked to the UK logo and took it all in. Special moment. Special player. Special career. pic.twitter.com/lfbbJPGb3o
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) November 30, 2019
Put up the statue now.