Star Kentucky wide receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. has announced today that he will enter the 2020 NFL draft, confirming the decision via a video posted on his Twitter.
Bowden – who is a junior – also confirmed he would be playing in the Wildcats’ postseason game – the Belk Bowl – on Dec. 31, against Virginia Tech.
Bowden primarily played as a wide receiver in his career for Kentucky, however was moved to quarterback earlier this season after injuries hit the program hard at the position. Since beginning his stretch as a signal-caller, Bowden has a 5-2 record and has rushed for at least 99 yards in all seven games he’s started.
Bowden’s 1,235 rushing yards over this whole season puts him third in the SEC, whilst at 8.18 yards per carry, he’s second in the nation for that metric behind only Clemson star Travis Etienne.
As a quarterback it’s fair to say Bowden is run-first, however he’s still managed to chalk up 330 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go along with two interceptions. He has also served as Kentucky’s kick and punt returner at times, largely before taking over as quarterback.
Lynn Bowden Jr. has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.
As the Quarterback, Receiver, Kick Returner, and Punt Returner for UK, Bowden will leave quite the shoes to fill.
– Paul Hornung Award Finalist (most versatile player in the country)
– Avg 153 yards per game.
— Big Blue Nation (@BigBlue9ation) December 9, 2019
Bowden was named a first team All-SEC selection on Monday by the Associated Press in the position of all-purpose player, and is projected as a wide receiver at the NFL level. He caught 114 passes for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns in his career at Kentucky as a receiver.