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Bo Nix


Bo Nix


Bo Chapman Nix (born February 25, 2000) is an American football quarterback. He played college football at Auburn and Oregon. With Oregon in 2023, he won the William V. Campbell Trophy and was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for over 4,500 yards with 45 touchdowns. Nix started 61 games in college, more than any other quarterback in NCAA history.

Early life and high school career

Nix was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas while his father Patrick was the head coach at Henderson State. Nix played under his father at Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, Alabama, where he accumulated over 12,000 total offensive yards and 161 touchdowns. He also won Alabama's Mr. Football Award as a senior in 2018. He was rated the top dual-threat quarterback of his class and committed to play college football at Auburn University.

College career

Auburn

As a true freshman at Auburn, Nix was named the starting quarterback for the 2019 season. He led Auburn to a 27–21 come-back win against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on August 31, 2019.

Nix led Auburn to a 9–4 record in his freshman season, winning the Iron Bowl, 48–45 over Alabama. He was voted the SEC's 2019 Freshman of the Year, finishing the campaign with 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He threw for 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a sophomore in 2020.

2021 was an up and down season for Nix, with highlights being leading Auburn to their first win at LSU since 1999 and a win over #10 Ole Miss, while also struggling in certain games and being benched for T. J. Finley in the fourth quarter of a game against Georgia State. Nix suffered a season-ending injury against Mississippi State. He threw for 11 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in 2021. On December 12, 2021, Nix announced he was entering the transfer portal, describing himself as "miserable" while playing under Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin who had been hired in 2021.

Oregon

Prior to the 2022 season, Nix transferred to the University of Oregon with two seasons of eligibility remaining based on the NCAA-wide COVID-19 eligibility waiver for the 2020 season.

He played college football for five years, while leading the team to a 10–3 record. In 2022, he tied for the nation lead in passing TDs (40) and rushed for another 6. On December 18, 2022, Nix announced his return for the 2023 season. Nix became the 4th Heisman Trophy Finalist in Oregon history joining Joey Harrington (2001), LaMichael James (2010) and Marcus Mariota (2014). He finished third place in Heisman voting behind Michael Penix Jr. and eventual winner Jayden Daniels. Following his final collegiate game in the Fiesta Bowl, he broke Mac Jones's previous record for the highest single season completion percentage at 77.45%. In 2023 he completed 4508 passing yards with the Oregon Ducks, and 45 passing TD. A total of 234 rushing yards and 6 rushing TD. His favorite receiver was Troy Franklin, 81 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns.

College statistics

(Bold highlights career highs)

*NCAA Record


Personal life

Nix is the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix. Both of Nix's brothers also play college football with younger brother Caleb playing safety at Clemson and adopted brother Tez Johnson playing wide receiver at Oregon. He is married to Izzy Smoke, a former Auburn cheerleader.

References

External links

  • Bo Nix on Twitter
  • Oregon profile
  • Auburn profile

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