It’s hard to find a more explosive player in recent Kentucky Football history than Lynn Bowden.
After a breakout sophomore season that saw Bowden rack in 67 receptions for 745 yards and five touchdowns, the speedy receiver will add another full-time role as both the kickoff and punt returner.
Bowden confirmed at Kentucky’s SEC Media Days session Thursday that he will take on the roles full time.
Bowden said this morning that he'll be Kentucky's full-time punt and kick returner this season. https://t.co/h9ZW77GIGQ— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) July 18, 2019
Bowden had success in both roles in 2019. As the full-time kick returner, he averaged over 23 yards per return. In a part-time punt returner role, he racked in an incredible 146 yards on just five attempts bringing two of them back for touchdowns.
His first of two punt return touchdowns came in the fourth quarter against the Missouri Tigers to put the Cats within one possession which would help them leave Columbia with a last-second victory.
His second came in Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State, which gave the Cats a 10-0 advantage at the time.
The only concern having Bowden running backs kicks and punts is an increased risk for injury. As long as Bowden fair catches when he’s in the risk of danger, however, he should be just fine and become one of the nation’s most dangerous return men.