Cole Cubelic explains why he believes Lynn Bowden is the most valuable player in the nation
There were plenty of outstanding performances across the SEC this season, but Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden may be the most unique.
Pressed into action following injuries to Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith, Bowden put up some of the best numbers around from a rushing quarterback standpoint. Especially as a converted wide receiver. For SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, that puts Bowden in a different category than say LSU QB Joe Burrow, who is easily the most outstanding player in the country, according to Cubelic.
“To his individual team, Lynn Bowden is the most valuable player in the nation. My definition of that is it’s not the most outstanding, it’s not the most yards, it’s not a stat award,” Cubelic said during a segment on WJOX in Birmingham. “I think if you took that player off their team, how much would they suffer in the win department. I think Kentucky has 2 or 3 wins if Lynn Bowden’s not a part of that football team, with what they’ve gone through at the quarterback position. Because after Sawyer Smith goes down, I literally don’t know what they would do right now at quarterback if they didn’t have Lynn Bowden. I have no idea.”
Bowden’s latest example of a great performance came against rival Louisville when he had 22 carries for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 284 yards broke the SEC record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game. Bowden, a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 153 yards per game.