Former Auburn football QB Bo Nix may have made a lateral move by transferring to Oregon, but at least the worst-case scenario in Eugene is avoided for the dual-threat shooter from Pinson, Alabama.
After sitting under Ty Thompson on the Ducks QB totem, Nix has moved past him in recent weeks, cementing his position in the spring game. Thompson arguably fell under Jay Butterfield in Oregon’s quarterback battle as well.
Nix, however, fumed. Seemingly high enough to be considered the “clear” favorite to edge out Thompson and Butterfield in the west.
Justin Phillips of Autzen Zoo attended the spring game and bestowed this accolade on Nix in his report:
It was announced as an estimated crowd of over 42,000, and Oregon football put on a spectacle. The first play of the game was a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bo Nix to converted wide receiver Seven McGee who ran into the end zone. It was the start of a day that would see over 600 yards of attack in just over two hours.
Nix is the clear favorite at the end of Spring Ball to be this team’s starter in the fall. He threw for three touchdowns and was accurate from range most of the time. The final score was yellow team 31, green team 21, not that it matters that much. There were also outstanding performances on the pitch.
Bo Nix’s prosperity would be a double-edged sword for Auburn football fans
Much of Auburn’s football fanbase will always cheer on Nix in Oregon, including this writer.
While his success – especially if it’s more pronounced than that of TJ Finley, Zach Calzada or Robby Ashford – would hurt in one way, it would be gratifying in another. Nix graduated from UA and gave two great years with a second crisis sandwiched between the Auburn family.