Bo Nix speaks out in defense of his Auburn football career, levies criticism too

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Bo Nix spoke out in defense of his three years with the Auburn football program during a discussion with Ryen Russillo -- but he also noted that he had less opportunities on the Plains than with Dan Lanning's Oregon football program.

“I think sometimes it’s forgotten that at Auburn we had some really good seasons, but I think overall that that is just something that is in the back of people’s minds,” Nix said. “But fortunately, there’s always something next and something else to go out there and do, and thank goodness that however people think, whatever opinions they have of Auburn, it doesn’t define who I am.

"I just think that less opportunity and less freedom at Auburn. It was just kind of not as flexible as what I was able to be when I got to Oregon and really use my strengths and go out there and perform at a high level.”

Bo Nix happy with career at Oregon and Auburn football

Nix shared following a 45-6 Fiesta Bowl victory over Liberty that he is happy with how his college career went; the ups, the downs, the good, the bad, and the ugly in both Eugene, Oregon and Auburn, Alabama.

“It’s been a great career, it’s been a lot of ups and downs,” Nix said (h/t The Associated Press). “There’s been some great adversity, too, that I’ve been able to learn from. I wouldn’t be here without every year, every step. It’s been a journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“I feel like I’ve played a lot of football. Every time I went out there, it slowed down more and more. By the end, I had just a really comfortable feel. I think this year, with what we were doing offensively, schematically, we were very efficient.”

Despite looking crisp at the February 3 Senior Bowl in Mobile, his final game in the state of Alabama barring a stint with the Birmingham Stallions in the future, Nix is likely looking at a second-round selection in the upcoming 2024 NFL draft based on recent mock drafts and league intel.

He should be a first-rounder, though. Luckily, draft position determines nothing about how your career will end up.

Tom Brady can tell you that. Hell, Kirk Cousins could even tell you that.