By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky Radio Network play-by-play announcer Tom Leach says what Lynn Bowden has done “easily” ranks as one of the top 10 single best individual seasons at UK.
“Josh Allen’s year last season would be on the list, Art Still in 1977, Moe Williams in 1995, Bob Gain in 1950, Lou Michaels in 1957, Sonny Collins 1973 are a few that come to mind. Randall Cobb and Benny Snell should be in there, too, but at quick glance, I’m not which of their three years rank highest, which is a tribute to their entire bodies of work during their careers,” Leach said.
Leach notes that if Bowden had hit a few of the long passes he missed, he could also be leading the team in passing along with rushing and receiving.
“I’m not sure if that’s ever happened in the game of college football. And he and Cobb are the only two UK players to hit four figures in rushing yards, receiving yards and return yards,” Leach said. “I don’t think Bowden is getting enough attention for what he has done this season.”
Leach has to study opponents to get ready for his game broadcasts. So he knows how much film coaches and opposing players must have studied of Bowden to game plan against him.
“I thought it was a great move when UK lacked a healthy starter at quarterback to go to him but I also figured the productivity would decline over time … and probably fairly quickly,” Leach said.
Instead, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran found a plan that worked and Leach believes Bowden’s “vision and intelligence” enabled him to succeed at a far higher level than most believed was possible.
“I think great passers in basketball see the game one or two moves ahead and that may be what he does when he has the ball in his hands in space,” Leach said. “Secondly, to manage all of the things a quarterback has to manage and to start doing it halfway through a season on a position switch is beyond impressive, and he has improved from week to week.”