Auburn’s football team will take Freshman quarterback Bo Nix as their starter into Saturday’s game with the Oregon Ducks.
With seasoned veteran Jarrett Stidham taking his talents to the NFL where he is sure to be appreciated, Coach Gus Malzahn turns to the guy with no collegiate snaps under his belt. While Nix has no collegiate experience, he is very talented and sure to make a statement in his first year on the plains.
The 19-year-old has a load on his shoulders with all the expectations put on both him and the Auburn Tigers. However, history is on his side with there being some exceptional freshman quarterbacks in recent years. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida State’s Jameis Winston each won a national championship as a Freshman and many others were eventual first round picks in the NFL Draft. It is safe to say that Auburn’s new quarterback is in good company.
In addition to be in good company as a true Freshman, he also has tremendous talent. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and his father was an Auburn quarterback as well, so he has some great genes.
Nix has been compared to Johnny Manziel in his ability to throw the ball downfield and use his legs to get out of the pocket. He was the 33rd ranked player coming out of high school and the number one ranked dual-threat quarterback in his class, so he is expected to be the next star at Jordan-Hare.
With his father Patrick as coach, Bo Nix broke many multiple high school records while leading his school to back to back titles at Pinson Valley High School. He has the Alabama state record for total offense in a high school career (12,505) and touchdowns (161).
To Auburn’s delight, Nix plays with the same style that his predecessor Jarrett Stidham played. They both are pocket passers who can use their legs for extra yards if the opportunity presents itself. Because of this, the transition between quarterbacks should be smooth one under a great offensive mind that Coach Gus Malzahn has shown to be. If Auburn’s offensive line can step up, Nix should be able to lead this team back to being a college football powerhouse.
Bo Nix will make his first collegiate start Saturday August 31, 2019 against Oregon. However, redshirt Freshman Joey Gatewood could take some snaps as well.