LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lynn Bowden, the much-talked-about but hardly seen heralded Kentucky freshman, spoke to the media after practice Tuesday for the first time.
Bowden returned two kickoffs last Saturday against Eastern Kentucky, but the No. 1 signee in Kentucky’s 2017 class was ejected early in the first quarter on a block that was deemed targeting. Bowden played just a few snaps in UK’s opener against Southern Miss, and at this point he’s largely a mystery.
Bowden is expected to play a larger role at South Carolina on Saturday. The former high school quarterback is playing as a slot receiver, but Bowden could potentially bring a passing option to Kentucky’s wildcat formation.
He was asked if he’s practiced in the wildcat.
“That’s something for the spectators to see by themselves,” Bowden said with a smile.
Bowden was seen in the wildcat in a preseason open practice and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has talked about the possibilities of Bowden taking snaps in the formation.
“When Lynn is in there he’s going to have his opportunities,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Tuesday. “It’ll be fun to see him in that environment and get some opportunities. Hopefully we get the ball in his hands.”
The mystery around his on-field capabilities could work in Kentucky’s favor against South Carolina. Quarterback Stephen Johnson said South Carolina won’t be able to game-plan against him.
“His elusiveness, his speed. He’s a really smart guy,” Johnson said of Bowden. “We have so many plays just scripted for him and set up for him. I just can’t wait to see what he can do Saturday.”
The former 4-star athlete and 4th-ranked athlete in the 2017 class has been shrouded in hype since his decision to commit to Kentucky. He arrived to Lexington a week late due to an academic eligibility issue, and speculation around what he might bring to the offense intensified from week to week.
But the talk hasn’t seemed to take its toll.
“I feel no pressure,” he said.