Lynn Bowden Jr., a receiver turned quarterback, has mostly assumed the role of runner for Kentucky, which meets visiting Tennessee on Saturday in an SEC game. The junior has rushed for 499 of his team-leading 598 yards in the last three games for the Wildcats, who will try to overcome an ugly history that has seen them lose 32 of the last 34 games to the Volunteers.
Bowden started the year as a receiver, catching 30 passes for 348 yards, including a 129-yard game against Mississippi State, but an injury to starting quarterback Terry Wilson and ineffective play by Sawyer Smith forced him under center. The former high school quarterback has struggled throwing the ball, completing 40.5 percent of his passes but has excelled as a runner, highlighted by a 204-yard game in a 29-7 victory over Missouri on Oct. 26. "Lynn is a guy that handles things so well physically, but playing quarterback, mentally, it's very taxing on him," coach Mark Stoops told the media. " He's done a lot. He's taken a lot of hits, so I think (the bye) was good for Lynn." The Volunteers have started three quarterbacks, including J.T Shrout in a win over Alabama-Birmingham, but junior Jarrett Guarantano has thrown the majority of the passes and has 11 of the team's 14 touchdown throws.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Tennessee -1
ABOUT TENNESSEE (4-5, 2-3 SEC): Bryce Thompson demonstrated last season that he was one of the top freshman in the nation by earning All-American honors and the cornerback hasn't let up as a sophomore in spearheading the Tennessee defense. Against UAB, the South Carolina native tied a school record with three interceptions, the most by a Volunteer since 1999, and was part of a unit that held the Blazers to 237 yards of offense. Jeremy Pruitt's defense, which has gotten stellar play from Daniel Bituli, Warren Burrell, Darrell Taylor and Henry To'o To'o, limited Kentucky to 77 rushing yards in a 24-7 victory last season at home and has been stout the last two games, holding UAB and South Carolina to 2.6 yards per carry.
ABOUT KENTUCKY (4-4, 2-4 SEC): Bowden has made some unique history in two recent games for the Wildcats. Against South Carolina, he joined Arizona State's Kalen Ballage as the only FBS players since 2000 to have at least six rushing attempts, three receptions, three kickoff returns and two pass completions in the same game. A week later against Arkansas, he had at least 20 rush attempts, 10 pass attempts and a punt return in the same game to become the third FBS player since 2000 to do so along with Kent State's Julian Edelman and Indiana's Antwaan Randle-El. All told, Bowden leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally in all-purpose yards per game (149.9).
1. Bowden's eight yards per rushing attempt would shatter the single season school record of 7.1 yards set by Stanley Williams in 2015.
2. Tennessee K Brent Cimaglia, who booted a 53-yarder against UAB, leads the SEC in field goals made (18) and field goal percentage (90 percent).
3. This will mark the 115th game between the Volunteers and the Wildcats, making it the third most-played series in the SEC behind Auburn-Georgia and Mississippi-Mississippi State. Tennessee leads the series 80-25-9.
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- LegQues Sat | questionable
Wagner missed the last game due to a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
- ToeQues Sat | questionable
Oliver sat out the last game with a toe injury, and his status is unknown Saturday against Vanderbilt.
- UndisclosedQues Sat | questionable
Bowden Jr. has an undefined injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Saturday versus Vanderbilt.
- HeadQues Sat | questionable
Daniel is experiencing dizziness, and it is undetermined if he will suit up against Tennessee on Saturday.
- UndisclosedQues Sat | questionable
Bowden Jr. left the previous game with an unspecified injury, and he is heading Saturday's contest against Tennessee with an uncertain status.
- ShoulderQues Sat | questionable
Smith has a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against Tennessee on Saturday.
- UndisclosedQues Nov 23 | questionable
Means has sat out the last three games with an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against Missouri on Nov. 23.
- AnkleQues Nov 23 | questionable
Wright has not played in the last two games due to an ankle injury, and his status Nov. 23 against Missouri is up in the air.
- ConcussionQues Sat | questionable
Maurer has missed the last two games with concussion-like symptoms, and it is unknown if he will line up against Kentucky on Saturday.
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Johnson has a knee injury and did not play in the last game. His status is clouded Saturday against Kentucky.
- KneeProb Sat | probable
Taylor is dealing with a knee injury, but he is likely to be available versus UAB on Saturday.
- HamstringQues Sat | questionable
Bumphus has a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against UAB on Saturday.
kentucky-wildcats-football Stats 2019-2020
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||.000||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||32|
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||55||0||7||0|
|Christopher Rodriguez Jr.||1||0||34||0||5||0|
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||330||0||27||0||1|
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||4||0||24||79|
|Christopher Rodriguez Jr.||1||0||1||0||20||20|
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Lynn Bowden Jr.||4||0||3||0||29||53|
tennessee-volunteers-football Stats 2019-2020
|Henry To'o To'o||4||0||11||14||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||3|