Kentucky star Lynn Bowden Jr. was chosen in the third round by the Las Vegas Raiders as the 80th overall pick in the 2020 National Football League Draft on Friday.
Bowden, the winner of the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, etched his name into program lore this season after injuries at quarterback forced him to return to the position for the first time since high school.
Bowden’s last game at Kentucky was one for the ages. Against Virginia Tech in the 2019 Belk Bowl, he rushed 34 times for 233 yards, an NCAA bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, and two touchdowns. Trailing 30-24 with 8:25 remaining, he willed his team 85 yards in 18 plays – 15 of which were runs or passes by Bowden – and took 8:10 off the clock before throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left that proved to be the game-winning score. A defensive score on the game’s final play put the icing on a 37-30 Wildcat win.
Below are random pictures of Bowden's three memorable years at UK.
Photos by Jamie H. Vaught