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Lynn Bowden named SEC Freshman of the Week

Bowden was electric on Saturday, helping the Wildcats improve to 5-1.

NCAA Football: Florida at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

After leading Kentucky with 128 all-purpose yards in Saturday’s game against Missouri, Lynn Bowden has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Bowden had 49 receiving yards on 3 receptions against the Tigers, both career highs. He also set a person record of 79 return yards. While it’s obvious that he statistically had a solid impact on the game, the visuals of his performance stood out in a way that no Kentucky player has in a very long time.

After not playing in the opening game and being ejected early for a targeting call against Eastern Kentucky, Bowden has seen more and more touches in each game.

His dynamic play-making ability has been wildly touted even before he arrived on campus. Yet, Eddie Gran and the offense have yet to go to Bowden on a consistent basis.

He has seen time taking snaps in the Wildcat formation, but not against Missouri. His utility on Saturday came primarily in the role of a traditional wide-receiver. While he looked very comfortable running routes and making plays after the catch, many would like to see the ball in his hands in a variety of ways.

This is likely to be the first of many awards Bowden will receive during his time with Kentucky. The last time we saw somebody this exciting in Lexington was Randall Cobb, who had a decorated career in Lexington before finding great success with the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.

While nobody is asking him to be Cobb, Bowden sometimes look like he may be even more dangerous with the ball in his hands. However, there have been some maturity and leadership concerns, particularly stemming from Bowden’s tweets after spending his first game on the sidelines.

Will Bowden measure up to Big Blue Nation’s expectations? Will he be able to handle the pressure?