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Lynn Bowden declares for NFL Draft

As expected, the UK great is off to the NFL after this season.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats star Lynn Bowden Jr. has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. He announced the news Monday on Twitter, adding he will play in the Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech.

This was the expected move all along, as Bowden is projected to be drafted in the Round 2-3 range, something very few players in college football will pass on a chance at being.

As a junior who began the season at wide receiver, Bowden switched to quarterback in Game 6 vs. Arkansas and went on to have a 5-2 record as a starter. He broke several school and SEC records along the way. including a historic performance against Louisville in the regular-season finale.

A finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, Bowden currently leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153.0 yards per game (all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback). He is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards.

Bowden has been regarded as one of the best football players at Kentucky of all-time. He has been compared to Randall Cobb, with his elusiveness at wide receiver and returner, and his ability to get behind center and play quarterback, which he did for over half the season.

Bowden deserves nothing but praise for carrying an injury riddled Kentucky team across the finish line and gaining bowl eligibility for a fourth straight season. He has certainly cemented his legacy in UK football lore and has won the hearts of the entire Big Blue Nation.

Now, we get one more game to enjoy the legend of Lynn Bowden when Kentucky takes on Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl on December 31st. This being the final game of his career is only more reason why the stadium should be flooded with blue to see him one last time.