Senior Bowl executive director needed Auburn football QB's connection in Mobile

Ole Miss v Auburn
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Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy admitted that he needed two things at the 2024 Senior Bowl: Washington's Michael Penix, and presumably more so, the instate connection of former Auburn football star Bo Nix.

“When we start this process at the beginning of every fall, there’s certain players that you want to have in the game, you feel like you need to have in the game, to have a great game — Bo Nix and Michael Penix were two of those guys,” Nagy said (ht/ “So we’re excited to get both of them. Bo, obviously, being from the state and having the Auburn connection, it’s a really cool homecoming for him. And the fact that he’s doing all his pre-draft training down here with David Morris at QB Country, it’s awesome that he’s right here in our backyard.”

Nix will join Penix, Spencer Rattler (South Carolina)
, Michael Pratt (Tulane), Joe Milton III (Tennessee),
Sam Hartman (Notre Dame)

, and Carter Bradley (South Alabama) at the post-grad all-star showcase for NFL scouts.

Bo Nix happy to be back south after Auburn football departure

Nix sounded happy to be in the South again for Senior Bowl preparation, unlike the last time he was down here.

“It feels good to be back in the South and getting ready for the game we’ve got coming up,” Nix said. “It’s just always fun to be around other guys and train with them, get to hear their stories and see how this draft process goes.

“I expect great competition, a lot of learning and a lot of growth just within one week. I’m excited to be around other people, other coaches, different players from around the country that I’ve been able to watch from afar.”

Unlike his AU career, there will be no pressure from the onlookers in Mobile on February 3 who will simply be happy to see him one last time.