He's a Raider now, but Lynn Bowden squeezing all the joy he can from Kentucky career.

Jared Peck, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Football

SOMERSET, Ky. -- Lynn Bowden Jr. had a year so good for Kentucky football that, truth be told, he doesn't want it to end, even though he's looking forward to being a Las Vegas Raider when the NFL season starts.

"I really never took the time to really reflect on the season yet, you know," Bowden said Saturday night after helping out with a free Somerset Youth Football League camp. "I'm still trying to drag it on as long as I can. Every time I see these boys (some former UK teammates), that's all I talk about is the season with them."

Bowden has come back to Kentucky a few times since his spectacular junior season ended. He noticed some additions to UK's training complex since he was last here.

"I was just stopping by the facility yesterday, you know. I got a couple pictures in the building that's going to be there until that building gets torn down," Bowden said, clearly proud of what he's accomplished.

Bowden committed to appearing at the Somerset youth camp months ago, before the coronavirus hit and derailed the sports world. Organizers offered to let him back out, but Bowden wouldn't hear of it.

"Just 'cause I love the kids, you know," said Bowden. "I ain't doing nothing anyway besides working out. I've got to come out here with the kids. I've got a son myself. I know how much this means to all of them."


Bowden and a few of his former UK teammates made the 90-minute drive down from Lexington and spent about two and a half hours joking with the young players ages 4 to 13, offering tips on the drills and running a few of the activities with them. The kids were broken into small groups and spread out across Somerset High School's William Clark Field to comply with coronavirus guidelines. Each camper got a T-shirt bearing Bowden's trademarked catchphrase, "Come See About It," a dare to any who questioned his or UK's talents last season.

Kentucky fans saw a lot from Bowden in 2019 as the multi-talented wideout was pressed into quarterback duty due to injuries to UK's first- and second-stringers. He went on to have the most prolific rushing season for a UK or SEC quarterback ever, leading the Cats to six wins in his eight starts, including a dramatic Belk Bowl victory over Virginia Tech and being named the 2019 Paul Hornung Award winner as college football's most versatile player.

Foregoing his senior year at UK, he was drafted in the third round by the Raiders, who reportedly aim to use him as a multi-purpose player out of the backfield. A couple of weeks ago, a glimpse of his workouts with his new quarterback, Derek Carr, was posted on social media.

"It's a new city for the team and a new beginning for me," Bowden said of the Raiders who complete their move from Oakland to Vegas this year. "I got some goals I set for myself. We've got goals for the team that we have for each other. We're ready to just get going and get at it."


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