Lynn Bowden Jr. started the season at WR, has played the last five games at QB, and is now nearing one of the best rushing seasons in Kentucky Football history.
After Saturday’s 38-14 win in Nashville against Vanderbilt, Bowden has totaled 822 rushing yards this season. With at least two games left in the season against UT Martin and Vanderbilt, not to mention a potential bowl game, Lynn only needs 263 yards to break into the top 10 rushing seasons in school history.
Kentucky has seen some incredible rushing performances, as four of the top 10 seasons have come in the last three years. Boom Williams and Benny Snell Jr. both finished with more than 1,000 yards in 2016, while Snell went on to put up two top five seasons in 2017 and 2018. His 2018 season was the second-best all-time.
This offense is obviously focused on Lynn rushing the ball and being unpredictable in the open field rather than throwing it. Bowden only has 54 pass attempts compared to 118 rushing attempts this season. With such a run-centric offense, Bowden has a perfect opportunity in front of him to make this list.
If it continues through the final two regular season games and a potential bowl game, you would have to like Lynn’s chances to break the top 10, if not even higher. Had Lynn started the season like this, he would already be there and have a real shot at a top-five finish.
In addition, Bowden’s average of 7.0 yards per carry would be the best of any player in the top 10. With as many as three games left, Bowden has the chance to continue to write his name in the record books as he leads Kentucky to the postseason and another winning season.