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Could Lynn Bowden help John Calipari’s team?

Lynn Bowden got a lot of attention for his basketball play in high school. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few hours after Kentucky junior Lynn Bowden was named a finalist for the Hornung Award that goes to the nation’s most versatile football player, he took to social media to show that he might be willing to show off even more of his versatility.

“@UKCoachCalipari ** I do missing hooping a little,” Bowden posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Bowden was an all-state basketball player in Ohio and one of the state’s best roundball players his senior season. He had several Division I scholarship offers in basketball to go with the much larger number of football offers he had.

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has moved Bowden from receiver to quarterback out of necessity midway of the season because of injuries to quarterbacks Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith. Bowden likely will be back at quarterback Saturday when UK plays at Vanderbilt.

“Give me a few more weeks here ,” Stoops laughed and said Thursday afternoon when asked about Bowden’s tweet. “Then we can loan him out for a few weeks and he can come back for the bowl.

“But there’s probably no doubt (Bowden would do it). You see the competitive nature in him. I don’t put anything past him. He’s a true competitor.

“He could probably help them a little bit. I don’t know, our (Kentucky basketball team) is pretty good. He could certainly get out there and mix it up in practice and help them out.”

Not sure Bowden has quite the ball skills to help the basketball team but he certainly could add some physical play and toughness John Caliapri’s Cats were definitely lacking in Tuesday’s loss to unranked Evansville.

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