We don’t know who will be Kentucky’s starting quarterback at Georgia tomorrow, but it’s safe to assume Lynn Bowden will get his share of the snaps, if not all of them. When that happens, he will once again have to play somewhat cautious and protect himself while running against Georgia’s defense, one of the best defenses in the entire country, with plenty of potential NFL talent on its roster.
But can Bowden do that while running the ball 20+ times a game?
Mark Stoops said, “Obviously, knock on some wood here, but Lynn is very durable. (Note: You better be knocking on wood right now dammit.) Certain guys are just hard to get ahold of…Lynn is one of those guys that’s always hard to get a clean shot on.”
Stoops said Terry Wilson is the same way — shifty, elusive, evasive — but noted Wilson’s injury was unfortunate and a “different type of shot.” You remember it: he was pulled down from behind by a pretty blatant horse-collar tackle in the Eastern Michigan game.
Moving along, Stoops recalled a time last season when Bowden took a hard hit and bounced up like it was nothing. “So I hope it stays that way,” Stoops added, “but he’s been very durable, and generally speaking he’s hard to get a real good, clean shot on.”
As for the other QB on the depth chart, Sawyer Smith is doing better. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran bragged on the zip on Smith’s ball in practice, but neither coach would reveal if there is enough zip to put him back on the field.
Stoops would only say, “He’s still getting better and better with every opportunity, every day. He seems better and he feels better, so we’ll see.”
Now please tell me you knocked on wood. All of you.