Lynn Bowden Jr. named Paul Hornung Award finalist

The Hornung Award recognizes the most versatile player in college football


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. has been named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award which recognizes the most versatile player in college football, it was announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, played wide receiver / punt returner / kickoff returner the first five games of the season, then started at quarterback the last three games when the Kentucky QB corps was decimated by injuries. Since becoming the Cats’ starting QB, Bowden has led UK to wins over Arkansas and Missouri and has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll three times, tied for most in the nation. He also has earned Southeastern Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week twice.

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Bowden currently leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 145.9 yards per game (note that all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback). He is one of only two players in the top seven nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards.

Bowden, who earned First-Team Midseason All-America honors as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press, ESPN and The Sporting News, is averaging 7.0 yards per rushing attempt, and is in contention to break the school record.

He also is the only player in the nation leading his team in both rushing (712) and pass receiving (348). He ranks 13th on UK’s career receptions list with 114 and is 18th on the career receiving yards list with 1,303 yards.

The 2019 Hornung Award is annually awarded to the most versatile player in college football. The winner will be announced on March 4, 2020 at the award’s annual dinner, to be held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Nicknamed The Golden Boy, Hornung was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Notre Dame in 1956 and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player with the Green Bay Packers whose versatility earned him enshrinement in both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.

Fan voting for the winner, powered by Texas Roadhouse, opens today and continues through Dec. 8, 2019, at and will again count as the 18th vote. Fans can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite among the four finalists.

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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