One of the greatest players ever to put on a Kentucky Football uniform is officially a pro. Wildcats all-purpose star Lynn Bowden was selected with the 80th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by Las Vegas Raiders. 

Bowden arrived in Lexington in 2017 as a four-star from Youngstown, Ohio. While he came in listed as an athlete, UK added him as a wide receiver.

As a true freshman, Bowden caught 17 passes for 210 yards and served as the Wildcats’ primary kick returner and was named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) team as a return specialist despite a year that saw him deal with off the field issues and nearly even quit.

With his young son, used as motivation, Bowden turned things around as a sophomore as he made 67 catches for 745 and five touchdowns. He also returned two of his five punt returns for touchdowns as he helped guide the Wildcats to a 10-win season and Citrus Bowl title over Penn State. The season earned him Second Team All-SEC honors.

Bowden entered in his Junior season at receiver and in five games made 30 catches for 348 yards and a touchdown. After injuries to Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith, Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran moved Bowden under center in a move that would help form Kentucky Football history.

In eight games at quarterback, Bowden ran for an SEC-leading 1,468 yards and 13 touchdowns while throwing for 403 yards and three touchdowns.

After a 5-2 regular season run, Bowden led the Wildcats to the 2019 Belk Bowl, where he ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 13-yard game-winning touchdown to Josh Ali to lead UK passed Virginia Tech.

He earned First Team All-SEC and Consensus first-team All-American honors and was named the Paul Hornung Award winner provided to the most versatile player in College Football.

In Las Vegas, Bowden will play for offensive guru John Gruden and hope to help lead the Raiders back to the postseason for the first time since 2016.

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