By LARRY VAUGHT
Would Mark Stoops ever consider playing Lynn Bowden in the secondary?
Well, he did mention that today on the SEC coaches teleconference when talking about what a talented player the junior receiver/returner has been for the Cats going into Saturday’s game at Mississippi State.
“Lynn obviously has come in and had a big impact from Day 1,” Stoops said. “He gets better and better with every week. He is an athlete.
“He can play a lot of positions. We were so thin in the secondary last week I wish he had a few reps and I could play him at safety . He can step in at quarterback and he makes a lot of competitive catches. Pleased to have him.”
Bowden has a team-high 20 catches for 201 yards and one touchdown through three games.
Remember Kentucky lost two defensive backs — one to injury, one to ejection — against Florida last week. That prompted me to ask Stoops if he was joking about using Bowden in the secondary or nor.
Stoops laughed and said UK was “too far down the road” to do that now and that he has also had all week to get true freshman safety Moses Douglas ready going into this game.
“I was kind of joking (about Bowden),” Stoops said. “He could play safety but he is doing too many other things. It’s hard to get him reps at practice (in the secondary) but athletically he could do it.”
And probably do it very, very well.