Former Auburn football QB Bo Nix may have made a lateral move in transferring to Oregon, but at least the worst-case scenario in Eugene is being avoided for the Pinson, Alabama dual-threat gunslinger.
After sitting below Ty Thompson on the Ducks QB totem pole, Nix has surpassed him in recent weeks, solidifying his standing in the spring game. Thompson has arguably fallen below Jay Butterfield in Oregon’s quarterback battle as well.
Nix, however, has meteorically risen. Apparently high enough to be considered ‘clearly’ the frontrunner to edge out Thompson and Butterfield out west.
Autzen Zoo’s Justin Phillips attended the spring game and gave Nix that distinction in his report:
"It was announced as an estimated crowd of over 42,000 and Oregon football put on a show. 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 endzone. It was the start of a day that would see over 600 yards of offense in just over two hours.Nix is clearly the front runner at the end of spring ball to be the starter for this team come fall. He threw for three touchdowns and was accurate from distance most of the time. The final score was Yellow Team 31, Green Team 21, not that that matters all that much. There were also some standout performances on the field."
Bo Nix thriving would be a double-edged sword for Auburn football fans
A large portion of the Auburn football fanbase will still be cheering for Nix in Oregon, this writer included.
While his success–particularly if its more pronounced than that of T.J. Finley, Zach Calzada, or Robby Ashford–would hurt in a way, it’d be rewarding in another. Nix got his degree at AU and gave two great years with a sophomore slump sandwiched between to the Auburn family.