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Lynn Bowden makes Biletnikoff Award Watch List

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Bowden is primed for a huge junior season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Citrus Bowl - Kentucky v Penn State Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Lynn Bowden had one of the best sophomore seasons of any Wildcat receiver ever. Now, he’s poised to have what many would call a breakout year.

After hauling in 67 receptions last year for 745 yards to go with five touchdowns, along with Benny Snell being absent from the offense, it’s time for Bowden to take off this season. Others are starting to take notice as well.

Bowden was just named to the preseason watchlist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the best receiver in College Football. He was also just recently recognized for his talent by being named to the Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second-Team as a receiver and Third-Team as a return specialist.

Bowden was electric last year as he had a lot of big games with his biggest coming on the road against Missouri. He had 13 catches for 166 yards to go along with a punt-return touchdown of 88 yards that essentially saved the game for the Cats near the end.

Bowden wasn’t done yet. He finished the season extremely strong with six catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville, and then five catches for 84 yards against Penn State to go with a big punt-return for a touchdown.

It’s no secret that there is a lot of expectation on Bowden’s shoulders to step up on offense where the Cats lost both Benny Snell and CJ Conrad. However, it looks like Bowden is ready for the challenge.

Kentucky opens up the season on August 31st against Toledo, and Cats fans everywhere are starting to get really excited for football season.