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Lynn Bowden almost walked away before becoming All-SEC performer

Bowden became a breakout star in the SEC after nearly quitting the sport.

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Lynn Bowden Jr. has been the breakout wide receiver of the year for the Kentucky Wildcats football team, but before the season started, he was questioning if he should even play.

Recently, Bowden was named All-SEC by league coaches, along with teammates Josh Allen, Benny Snell Jr. and Bunchy Stallings. This almost didn’t happen though.

Back in June of this year, Bowden tweeted out some cryptic and confusing tweets that had all of BBN worried he was going to transfer after having a really tough freshmen season. He later came out to address the tweets and put his fan base at ease.

Sometimes, we forget as media and fans that these are kids who have emotions, and that they can be affected by hardships in their lives just like everyone else.

Recently, Bowden tweeted out a message to his fans and BBN about the struggles he went through over the summer, and how what he went through almost pushed him to call it quits.

Thankfully for Kentucky and for himself, he decided against that.

The Instagram post showed multiple offensive player of the game awards. With a juggernaut like Snell on your team, it’s a huge honor to win one of those let alone multiple. This season, he showed anyone who thought he wasn’t big time just how wrong they were.

Lynn racked up statistically this season with 661 yards on 62 receptions along with 5 touchdowns. He averaged more than a first down every time he caught the ball. And you can’t forget about his skills on special teams either.

Last year, he took a punt return back 93 yards but he was stopped before scoring. This year, he told Mark Stoops, SEC Coach Of The Year, to let him return a punt against Missouri because he wanted the pressure. He did not disappoint. Bowden scored on the 67 yard return and put Kentucky right back into the game that they eventually won.

Overall, he returned the ball three times for a total of 78 yards.

This season, there was a lot of talk about Josh Allen and the defense, about new QB Terry “Touchdown” Wilson, and of course All-SEC running back Benny Snell Jr.

However, if it wasn’t for Lynn Bowden Jr.’s accomplishments on the field this season there’s a good chance none of these other great players get the chance to showcase their talent on the big stages that they did. Lynn has a very bright future ahead of him, and hopefully he’s given the opportunity in Kentucky’s bowl game against Penn State to showcase all of his talents.