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Lynn Bowden puts his name into NFL draft but will play in Belk Bowl

Lynn Bowden celebrates after UK’s win over Arkansas. (Lacy Robinson Photo)


Just like Benny Snell did last year, Lynn Bowden is going to make Kentucky’s bowl game is final game with the Wildcats.

The talented junior announced on Twitter today that he would opt for the NFL draft rather than return to UK for a senior season — and who can blame him after the year he’s had.

Even though he moved from receiver (where he’ll play in the NFL) to quarterback to save UK’s season, what more could he do to showcase his talent or impress NFL personnel.

That’s why the Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech will be his final game based on the video he posted on Twitter today announcing his decision.
“This place is my forever home. It won’t be easy to leave that, but now is the time to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The memories we made here are something special. From a 10-win season we last year to going back to my old position this year. I’ll be taking those memories with me wherever I go next. But first, we got one more game to win,” Bowden said in the video.

He moved to quarterback for the final seven games and led UK to a 5-2 record. He finished as the SEC’s third leading rusher with 1,235 yards on 151 carries as only Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill (1,347 on 235 runs) and LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire (1,290 on 197 runs) finished in front of him and they played running back all season.

Bowden averaged 8.18 yards per run to lead the SEC and finish second nationally. He had 284 yards rushing against Louisville, the most ever by a UK quarterback and second most in a single game by any UK player.
He was named to the Associated Press all-SEC first team today and should be the favorite to win the Paul Hornung Award given to the nation’s most versatile player on Wednesday. He led UK in rushing and receiving — and was the only player in the nation to do that for his team.

“I don’t even know why they are voting on the Hornung Award,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said. “Lynn is the best player/athlete in the country. Everybody is starting to know that and think what he would have done if we had let him return kicks and punts, too. If he doesn’t win, something is wrong.”


  1. UK and us fans are going to miss LB. He will forever be buried in our hearts. I was hoping he would come back for another year, but I understand why he isn’t. I wish him all the best. Now go lead this UK football team to a Belk Bowl victory.

    1. Amen my friend. He is an amazing young man.

      1. Norman, I think Bowden is the best skilled athlete and football player that has ever come through UK in my lifetime. There have been some great ones, no doubt, Cobb being one. But Bowden has a gift quite unlike I have ever witnessed. Super human at times. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and yours in case I forget.

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