Most Versatile Wildcat: Lynn Bowden Jr. v. Randall Cobb

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Lynn Bowden Jr. #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first quarter of the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Lynn Bowden Jr. #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats returns a punt 56 yards for a touchdown against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first quarter of the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Passing

“Wild-COBB” or Lynn Bowden’s option run attack? You choose. In both cases, a passing play was a hot commodity. While sparse, let’s review career totals.

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Comp/Att: 32/67

Completion Percentage47.8%

Passing Yards: 422 

TD/INT:  2/4

Randall Cobb

Comp/Att: 62/122

Completion Percentage: 50.8%

Passing Yards: 689

TD/INT:  5/5

Hmm. Not sure if this clears things up. Both players have similar numbers proportionally, with Bowden having a slight advantage in the attempts to passing yards ratio. By virtue of Cobb having the ball in his hands more, his numbers are larger. Time to look at season-bests.

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Comp/Att: 29/62 (2019 season)

Completion Percentage: 75% (2017 season) *only 4 pass attempts

Passing Yards: 330 (2019 season)

TD/INT:  2/2 (2019 season)

Randall Cobb

Comp/Att: 52/99 (2008 season)

Completion Percentage: 52.5 (2008 season)

Passing Yards: 542 (2008 season)

TD/INT:  3/0 (2010 season)

At a final glance of the stats, it is still very much up in the air. One would argue that Lynn Bowden played quarterback in high school, but there is something to be said about the significant gap of over three years between then and when he picked the role at UK. Both ‘quarterbacks’ didn’t show a whole lot of promise throwing the ball but filled in when needed.

My final verdict.

Better passer: TIE