Three Kentucky Wildcats have earned Coaches All-Southeastern Conference honors, the league announced on Tuesday.
Kentucky’s record-breaking athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. was named the top all-purpose player in the SEC, while punter Max Duffy and offensive guard Logan Stenberg were named to the second-team.
This comes just a day after Bowden, along with Stenberg, Duffy, and center Drake Jackson, were all named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.
Bowden and Stenberg were two significant and obvious pieces in the nation’s fourth-ranked rushing offense this season, with the unit rushing for 274.4 yards per game, including three consecutive games of at least 400 yards to end the season. The team broke the single-game rushing record in back-to-back weeks, including 517 yards against Louisville in the regular season finale.
Bowden, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153.0 yards per game. He is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards.
On Monday, the junior playmaker out of Youngstown, OH earned Associated Press First-Team honors for top all-purpose player in the league. He also earned First-Team Midseason All-America honors as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press and ESPN. He is also just one of three players in the top eight nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards. Averaging 8.2 yards per rushing attempt, Bowden leads the SEC and ranks second nationally.
Stenberg helped anchor an offensive line regarded as one of the best in the country. A senior from Madison, Alabama, he has a reputation as one of the nastiest blocking guards in the SEC and has started 38 consecutive games for the Cats.
Duffy, a junior from Perth, Australia, leads the nation in punting at 48.6 yards per punt and has helped the Cats lead the nation in net punting as well. He has been consistently excellent this season and was twice named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week. He is a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, to be announced on Dec. 10. Duffy also is UK’s all-time leading career punter at 46.47 yards on 107 kicks.