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Only a Sophomore, Lynn Bowden is Embracing a Leadership Role

Lynn Bowden has only played one season of football, but he’s already assuming a leadership role in the wide receivers’ meeting room.

As a freshman Bowden caught 17 passes for 210 yards.  The only other returning receiver who caught more than 10 passes in 2017 is Tavin Richardson.  Searching for playmakers to step up, Darin Hinshaw likes what he’s seen so far in spring practice.

“Lynn Bowden is doing a heckuva job,” the co-offensive coordinator said yesterday.  “I’m really pleased with him after two days, being a leader and going out there and doing everything the right way.”

Doing things “the right way” has not always been easy for Bowden, because he never had to; he was just better than everybody.

“It’s no fault on Lynn or anybody else, some of these guys are so talented, they go play their whole life and they never really work out the way you need to,” Stoops said.

“He’s taken it very serious.  I like the way he worked this winter. You could see he’s stronger. If you get stronger, I think it’s only going to help his explosiveness, his top end speed when he goes and plays a game, along with spring practice and just continuing to grow.”

A late arrival last summer, it took time for Bowden to get in shape, learn the nuances of his position and do it all on a consistent basis.  He could not have done it without Garrett “Juice” Johnson.  The senior gave Bowden feedback on the field and became his big brother off the field.


“We had a lot of older guys last year, so as much time as I played last year, I was grateful.  In the beginning I was a little self-centered, but that’s behind me,” said Bowden.  “I had to learn how to put the show on for all of us.  They showed me the way to do that.  With a year under my belt, I feel like I can do that with the younger guys that’s coming up in the receiving group.”

The young receivers room will welcome four newcomers this fall — Marvin Alexander, Allen Dailey, Bryce Oliver and Akeem Hayes.  They will hear one message from Bowden when they arrive.

“We’re going head first,” he said.  “We’re enthusiastic.  We’re taking on every challenge, no matter what you put in front of us.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Only a Sophomore, Lynn Bowden is Embracing a Leadership Role

  1. dylangeorge7988
    4:43 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    I think Lynn, if given the opportunity, could go on to be the most dynamic player at Kentucky since Randall Cobb. Even last year when people were ragging on him for his “attitude”- I had faith in knowing that Stoops and Co. would be able to work any of those issues out… and now look! Taking over as a leader for the wideouts in the locker room?

    The kid is solid.

    I hope we get the passing game going so that he can finally start to show out more- and I hope Eddie Gran works out some new WildLynn wrinkles.

    Good luck this season, Bowden. I’m beyond excited and ready for some football.

  2. cats646
    5:04 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    He seems to have really grown up a lot. I expect he’s gonna see the end zone several times this year!! Go big blue!!

  3. Catcasey1
    5:10 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    If stoops don’t screw it up

  4. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    5:55 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    For real! I don’t get why we didn’t just hire Belichick or Saban or maybe dig up and reanimate the Bear.

  5. callitlikeiseeit
    6:24 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    This is great to hear. Last year I felt like he hurt the team by being immature and acting selfish. Does seem like he grew alot in 1 year which is awesome for him and the team. I am excited for this season and think this is the most talented team we have ever had at UK. If we get solid QB play this could be a great year.

  6. 4everUKblue
    9:08 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Very excited to see him, I personally don’t feel like he hurt the team. Almost every time he touched the ball something exciting and good happened.

  7. Sergeant
    9:48 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Little Sharlet she as pretty as the angels when they sang. I can’t believe I’m out here on the front the front porch in the swing just a swanging.

  8. ukkatzfan
    11:58 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Come on September !!! Gonna Be Fun !!!

  9. BigBlueNationDude
    2:38 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Lynn is a fine young man. Make us proud son!

  10. Dowser
    5:45 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Get him the ball… FIGURE IT OUT!

  11. nicky
    6:54 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Stronger and faster….I like it…..who do we have that can stretch the field with speed?

  12. Bluebloodtoo
    11:25 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe I’m alone here, but that title was confusing after reading the article. A couple more times of reading it and i finally got it, but it didn’t have to be that difficult.

  13. lex cath
    11:43 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    If this guy is a leader on the team we got serious problems

    • cats646
      2:38 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Why? Our recieving group is very young and he is one of the best on the team. He should be a leader.