The awards just keep rolling in for at least two of Kentucky’s stars on the football field this season. Lynn Bowden and Max Duffy were both named to Sports Illustrated’s College Football All-American team Wednesday afternoon. Bowden was listed as a “first-team specialist” as an all-purpose player (which seems like a contradiction?), while Duffy was named a second-team specialist.
The profile points out Bowden did “just about everything offensively for Kentucky this season,” adding the receiver led the Cats to a 5-2 mark with 1,235 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns. He finished his time at quarterback averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Before his time under center, Bowden also contributed on the return team.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 11, 2019
LSU’s Joe Burrow grabbed the quarterback spot on the first team, while Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts was named to the second-team.
This is where things get weird.
Braden Mann from Texas A&M claimed the first-team spot for punters. SI noted this is the second consecutive year Mann has found himself on their first-team All-American list, and the Aggies’ senior punter finished this season second nationally in average yards per punt (47.75). On the other hand, Max Duffy finished Kentucky’s regular season with 47 punts for 2,285 total yards. That’s good for an average of 48.6 yards per punt, making Duffy the nation’s leading punter. He also helped the Cats lead the nation in net punting.
And yet Duffy is the one on the second team? Feels fishy.
Anyway, congrats to two very-deserving Wildcats. I have a feeling their lists of accolades are still growing.