Kentucky WR Lynn Bowden switching jersey numbers to honor injured QB Terry Wilson
Kentucky suffered a major loss this past Saturday when starting quarterback Terry Wilson sustained a torn patellar tendon that will cause him to miss the rest of the season. But even with Wilson out, the Wildcats will still have a player wearing jersey No. 3 this weekend.
That’s because junior wide receiver Lynn Bowden will switch from No. 1 to No. 3 to honor Wilson during Saturday’s game against No. 9 Florida, according to Josh Moore of the Lexington Herald Leader.
Bowden was a quarterback in high school, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him attempt a pass while donning his teammate’s number.
While it’s a nice gesture, the Wildcats will still feel the absence of Wilson, a junior who is 12-3 as a starter during his time at Kentucky. He had passed for 360 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season before he got hurt during the Wildcats’ win over Eastern Michigan.
Last year, Wilson played a key role in Kentucky ending its 31-game losing streak against Florida. Wilson passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Wildcats went on the road and notched a 27-16 victory over the Gators on Sept. 8, 2018.
It could be a tougher task with redshirt junior Sawyer Smith starting at quarterback, but Bowden and the rest of the Kentucky team will do its best to try to start a winning streak against Florida.
The Wildcats and Gators are set to kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.