The Paul Hornung Award is named after football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, and it is is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The Louisville Sports Commission selects the winner each year, and the 2019 award winner is Kentucky’s own Lynn Bowden, Jr.
Bowden has played wide receiver and returned punts for Kentucky for two years. He did the same for the first five games of 2019. But, due to injuries, he moved to quarterback for the last seven outings, mostly SEC games, and led Kentucky to a 5-2 record.
For the season, Bowden has put up 1,235 rushing yards and run for 11 touchdowns. He has thrown for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns, completing 46.8% of his passes. He also has 348 receiving yards to go with one receiving touchdown. Oh yeah, he has also put up 200 kickoff return yards and 53 punt return yards.
Bowden literally did it all on the offensive side of the football this season, and he is absolutely deserving of this prestigious award. The other finalists were Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU, Joe Reed from Virginia, and former Kentucky commit turned Nebraska Cornhusker Wan’Dale Robinson. Seriously, could you imagine this offense with both Bowden and Robinson in the backfield?
Bowden surely has more post season accolades coming his way, but he has been destined for the Paul Hornung Award since he took his first snap under center. Add this award to the amazing legacy that Bowden is leaving behind in Lexington.