After a magical final season in Lexington that included an 8-5 overall record, a victory in the Belk Bowl, and broken record after broken record, the Paul Hornung Award Committee officially welcomed Lynn Bowden Jr. to their family on Monday evening.
“Lynn is a positionless player that can only be described as an offensive weapon,” the Paul Hornung Award Committee wrote on Twitter. “He cemented himself as a Kentucky legend in his last career game, rushing 34 times for 233 yards and passing for 75 more. After a season ending injury to the Wildcats’ starting QB, Bowden stepped up and made play after play, rushing, receiving, and passing.
“Finishing his career with 1,530 rushing yards, 1,303 receiving yards, and 495 passing yards, we are honored to welcome Lynn into our family.”
— Paul Hornung Award (@hornungaward) January 7, 2020
Back on Dec. 11, Bowden officially received the Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes the most versatile player in college football. He became the first winner of this award in school history.
This season, Bowden set a school record for career and single-season rushing yards by a quarterback, broke the Southeastern Conference’s single-game rushing mark by a quarterback, turned in the second-highest single-game rushing total in UK history, highest single-season yards per rush attempt average, and delivered at least 100 rushing yards in seven of his eight starts at quarterback (and missed a seventh by a single yard vs. Georgia). The Wildcats won six of his eight starts at quarterback while advancing to a fourth-straight bowl game and re-writing the school’s record books for rushing production.
In terms of other significant honors, Bowden also earned first-team All-America and All-SEC honors.
After welcoming the now-former Wildcat to the family, the Award Committee added an official career highlight tape, showing off over 12 minutes of footage to remember Bowden’s historic season (and career) at Kentucky.
Take a look:
Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.