Bowden, Duffy Midseason All-Americans by Associated Press

Bowden earned first-team honors as an all-purpose player, while Duffy was named to the second team as a punter


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky juniors Lynn Bowden Jr. and Max Duffy have been named midseason All-Americans by The Associated Press. Bowden was named to the first team as an all-purpose player, while Duffy earned second-team honors as a punter.

Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, currently leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks sixth nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 149.33 per game. He has earned several honors this week after his thrilling performance vs. Arkansas on Saturday, including All-SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, Paul Hornung Honor Roll and a Manning Award “Star of the Week.” Bowden accounted for 274 yards of total offense and all three touchdowns in his first collegiate start as a quarterback. He connected on 7 of 11 passes for 78 yards and his first career scoring pass, and also rushed a career-high 24 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 24-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

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His 196 rushing yards were the most for a Wildcat against an SEC foe in 14 years. It was the second-most rushing yards for a Kentucky quarterback in school history.

Bowden is UK’s leading receiver with 30 catches for 348 yards and one TD this season. He currently ranks 13th on UK’s career receptions list and is 18th on the career receiving yards list with 1,303 yards. He also leads the team in kick returns with eight for 200 yards (25.0) and punt returns with four for 53 yards (13.2).

Duffy, a junior from Perth, Australia, leads the nation in punting at the midway point of the season with a 50.4-yard average per kick. He has been consistently dominant and earned Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for week five vs. South Carolina when he broke his own single-game record (min. eight punts) by averaging 51.1 yards on nine kicks. He also became Kentucky’s career punting average leader. Duffy, who was a Ray’s 8 nominee in week two as well, currently is averaging 46.5 yards on 86 career punts.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas