Bo Nix Was Born to Be the Auburn Tigers’ Starting Quarterback
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From the time he was a young child, there is one thing true freshman Bo Nix wanted: to start at quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. He can now say he accomplished that goal.

When head coach Gus Malzahn named Nix the starting quarterback, he became the second member of his family to play quarterback for Auburn University, following in his father’s footsteps.

The reason Nix was adamant he would some day play quarterback for Auburn is because his father is Patrick Nix, one of the best and most efficient quarterbacks in school history.

In four seasons, Patrick Nix played in 32 games, passing for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns. He is seventh all-time in school history for passing yards and eighth in passing touchdowns. His senior season was his best with career highs in passing yards (2,574 yards) and passing touchdowns (15). Thanks to the fifth and eighth most passing yards in a game in school history, Nix threw for the seventh-most passing yards in a season for a Tigers quarterback.

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When Bo Nix spoke on becoming the starting quarterback for the 2019 season opener, he talked about how this has been his dream since he was a kid playing catch in the back yard with his father.

“It’s a dream come true,” Nix said. “I’ve always wanted to play quarterback at Auburn. It’s a goal of mine that I’ve had for a long, long time; as far as I can remember. All the way back to throwing the football in the backyard with my dad, I wanted to play quarterback at Auburn.


Bo Nix Auburn Football History

When the Tigers take the field against Oregon on August 31 in Arlington, Texas, it will be the first Auburn true freshman to start at quarterback in the first game of the season since 1946. But with a familiar last name taking snaps, he has shown he definitely has the talent to be a starting NCAA college football quarterback as a stud in high school and by beating out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood through spring practices and fall camp.

While playing quarterback at Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, Alabama, Nix played for his father, who was the head coach, and was nothing short of dominant. He was named Alabama Mr. Football and was rated a five-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports. He set state records for total offense in a career (12,505 yards) and touchdowns (161) to become the top dual-threat quarterback in the country.

His father not only had a successful college career in Alabama, but he was also a college football coach before coaching his son in high school. He had stops at Samford (WR coach), Georgia Tech (QB/RB/OC), Miami (Offensive Coordinator), and Charleston Southern (WR coach) before working at Scottsboro High School and Pinson Valley.


The father and son duo won back-to-back Alabama State Championships in 2017 and 2018, the first state titles in the school’s history. Bo Nix won the MVP of both title games.

Nix arrived on campus as an early enrollee, so he has been around the team for a little while and really had to work all offseason to win the starting job. And a true freshman starting at quarterback won’t be out of the ordinary for SEC teams. Over the last few seasons, true freshman in the SEC like Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama and Jake Fromm from Georgia and Trevor Lawrence from Clemson have played in some of the biggest games in the country.

Nix takes over for Jarrett Stidham, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2019 NFL Draft. Nix, as a dual-threat quarterback, is mostly a pocket-passer, but can also scramble and make plays with his feet like Stidham.

The first time the best statistical quarterback in Alabama State history will take the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be against Tulane on September 7.

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