Las Vegas Raiders Rookie Roles: All-Purpose Lynn Bowden Jr.
Prior to his college career with the Wildcats, Lynn Bowden Jr. saw snaps at both running back and quarterback during his playing days in High School. As he entered as a true freshman at Kentucky, Bowden moved to wide receiver, catching 17 receptions for 210 yards while also serving as the team’s primary kick returner. By the end of his freshman season, Bowden was selected to the Freshman All-SEC team as a return specialist.
Additionally, Bowden also served as the team’s quarterback when in the Wildcat formation, with 12 rushing attempts and averaging 3.1 yards per carry. Heading into his sophomore season Bowden’s production continued to increase, as he caught 67 passes for 745 yards and five touchdowns, the highest on the team.
Bowden’s production increased exponentially his junior season, and it occurred alongside him being named the Wildcats’ starting quarterback following injuries to the team’s first and second-string quarterbacks through the first four games of the season.
By season’s end, Bowden rushed for 1468 yards on 134 attempts, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and 13 touchdowns, earning him honors as a consensus first-team All-American.