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Lynn Bowden Jr. vows to “wake up the world” in Vegas

Bowden is ready to prove any remaining doubters wrong.

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Lynn Bowden became the Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation’s most versatile player, a first-team All-American, and the SEC’s rushing leader in 2019. Yet somehow, he still has doubters as he heads to the NFL.

Some say Bowden’s being “positionless” is a negative trait. Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders did not see it this way, as they selected the former Wildcat with their third-round, 80th-overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Now, Bowden has a message for those still doubting him or not talking about him.

“I feel like I’m going to wake the world up,” Bowden said in an interview with ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “It’s only a matter of time.”

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told Gutierrez Vegas plans to use in a variety of ways but mainly at running back.

“Ultimately, he’ll probably be what we call a ‘joker,’ which is what I love in Jon’s offense,” Mayock said. “It’s somebody who can do multiple jobs. But day one, he’s going to come in and be a running back.”

Bowden will look to help the Raiders make the postseason for just the second time since 2002 in 2020.

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