Kirby Smart says the defense must make a choice when defending Lynn Bowden
Georgia faces its most interesting defensive matchup this week since Notre Dame, and perhaps all season with the Kentucky Wildcats and converted wide receiver Lynn Bowden plays quarterback.
“You got to choose how you want to play him,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on Bulldogs Game Day on WSB. “Play him like a normal quarterback and let him take some shots with a guy back there. Or you want to play him like he’s a Wild Cat-type running back. He can throw the ball. He’s just not a normal quarterback. He’s thrown the ball well, he’s completed passes. They give him passes he can complete. You got to have an extra hat in the box, and they do a great job of managing him.”
Earlier in the week, Smart also compared Bowden to former Georgia star Hines Ward. Bowden was called into action last week against Arkansas following multiple injuries to QB Sawyer Smith, who was banged up the previous two games against Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Notre Dame’s Ian Book was a similar athletic quarterback, but more polished than Bowden, who plays wide receiver as his first option, and if other QBs are healthy.
The game in Sanford Stadium will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday.