Among those embracing the rivalry as much as anyone is Kentucky’s wide receiver-turned quarterback Lynn Bowden.
When discussing the matchup in multiple postgame interviews after the Wildcats win over U-T Martin last Saturday, Bowden refused to say “Louisville,” forcing reporters to refer to them as “that other team from the west.”
However, in an interview with SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum Tuesday, Bowden did admit he is learning from one former Cardinal.
Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson who in 2016 was named as the Cardinals lone Heisman Trophy winner, appears to be the front-runner for NFL MVP. On Finebaum’s show, Bowden said he has been watching from Jackson and said he wanted to get some pointers from watching the former Cardinal star.
“I just wanted to learn a few pointers [and] tips off of him last night, and I think I did. I think he’s going to win the MVP race and take his team to the Super Bowl. He elevated his game as he got to the league,” Bowden said. “Here, he was a game-changer, he took over the game. It was just that, I really don’t know how else to explain him. He’s just a game-changer, sort of like myself. He ran away with the game itself.”
It’s hard to find a better player for Bowden to tune in and learn from as the 22-year-old Jackson has complied 3,303 total yards and 29 total touchdowns in just 11 games this season while leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 9-2 record with wins over Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
Bowden will look to put into action some of the lessons he has learned when he leads the Wildcats up against Jackson’s alma mater Saturday.