Lynn Bowden Jr. named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week

The electrifying junior continues to rack up awards for his record-breaking performance vs. Louisville


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky junior athlete Lynn Bowden Jr. has been named the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week after his stellar performance in the Wildcats’ 45-13 win over Louisville. This is the second time this season Bowden has received the national honor and his third recognition for last week’s record-breaking effort.

Bowden joins Oregon’s Justin Hebert and Washington State’s Anthony Gordon as the only quarterbacks to win the award twice this season.

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Here are the highlights of Bowden’s record-breaking day vs. the Cardinals:

· Rushed 22 times for a career-high 284 yards and career-high four touchdowns – breaking or tying six records in the process — in Kentucky’s 45-13 win over Louisville
· 284 yards broke the Southeastern Conference record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game
· Set Governor’s Cup records for most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns and was given the Howard Schnellenberger Award as the game’s Most Valuable Player
· Tied the school records for most touchdowns in a game and most rushing touchdowns in a game
· Averaged 12.9 yards per rushing attempt, third-best in SEC history (min. 20 attempts), highlighted by a career-long 60-yard touchdown run
· Broke the school record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback and became the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in school history
· 284 yards in one game is the third-most in the nation this season
· Led UK’s offense that generated a school-record 517 rushing yards and set an SEC record with 12.9 yards per rushing attempt
· The erstwhile wide receiver has directed UK to a 5-2 record since moving to quarterback seven games ago
· Named CFPA National Performer of the Week
· Earned one of eight Manning Award “Stars of the Week”

Bowden, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, currently leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153.0 yards per game (note that all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback). He is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards.

The Youngstown, Ohio native, who earned First-Team Midseason All-America honors as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press and ESPN, is averaging 8.2 yards per rushing attempt, and is in contention to break the school record. That mark leads the SEC and ranks second nationally.

He also is the only player in the nation leading his team in both rushing (1,235) 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.

Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 3-5 in the SEC and will learn its bowl destination this Sunday, marking four straight seasons the program has reached the postseason.

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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