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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Kick/Punt Return

And here we are. Score tied. Who will win? There is no greater standard in determining the versatility of a player than his returns. Kick and punt returns are explosive. They require agility, awareness, and speed. Bowden and Cobb are both known for electric returns, but who was best? Queue the career stats, please.

Kick Returns

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Kick Returns: 69

Kick Return Yards: 1571

Kick Return Average: 22.8

Kick Return TD’s:  0

Randall Cobb

Kick Returns: 44

Kick Return Yards: 1018

Kick Return Average: 24.6

Kick Return TD’s:  0

Punt Returns

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Punt Returns: 9

Punt Return Yards: 199

Punt Return Average: 22.1

Punt Return TD’s:  2

Randall Cobb

Punt Returns: 63

Punt Return Yards: 619

Punt Return Average: 9.8

Punt Return TD’s:  2

Again, what a close race. We find ourselves looking at a larger sample size for Randall Cobb in regards to punt returns, but despite the smaller numbers, Bowden’s superpower reveals itself: two touchdowns off of nine attempts. This time, the season-bests will be conclusive in this winner-takes-all study.

Kick Returns

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Kick Returns: 37 (2017 season)

Kick Return Yards: 869 (2017 season)

Kick Return Average: 23.5 (2017 season)

Kick Return TD’s:  0

Randall Cobb

Kick Returns: 31 (2010 season)

Kick Return Yards: 736 (2010 season)

Kick Return Average: 23.7 (2010 season)

Kick Return TD’s:  0

Punt Returns

Lynn Bowden Jr.

Punt Returns: 5 (2018 season)

Punt Return Yards: 146 (2018 season)

Punt Return Average: 29.2 (2018 season)

Punt Return TD’s:  2 (2018 season)

Randall Cobb

Punt Returns: 28 (2010 season)

Punt Return Yards: 308 (2009 season)

Punt Return Average: 12.8 (2009 season)

Punt Return TD’s:  1 (2009 & 2010 season)

There you have it. All of the numbers. Every piece of data that is worthy of deeming the most versatile player in University of Kentucky football history. So, after absorbing the final category,  who takes home the hardware?