Devy Minute: Bo Nix
By Jonathan Walker
After three seasons with the Auburn Tigers, quarterback Bo Nix transferred to the University of Oregon in 2022. In his first season at Oregon, Nix led the Ducks to a 9-3 record culminating with a victory in the Holiday Bowl against the University of North Carolina. During his three years at Auburn, Bo Nix finished with a 21-18 record but never passed for over 2,600 yards or exceeded 17 touchdowns in a single season.
However, in 2022 with Oregon, Nix would enter Autzen Stadium and become a whole new quarterback for the Oregon Ducks. During his 1st season as the Duck's quarterback, he passed for almost 3,600 yards; shattering the previous year's totals. He would also throw for a total of 29 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions.
In addition to his passing abilities, Nix ran the ball for a total of 510 yards with 14 touchdowns. As Nix enters his second season with the Ducks, Troy Franklin returns as his main receiving target. In Franklin, Nix benefits from having a true game-breaker on the outside catching the passes he throws.
With the high-powered Oregon offense, Bo Nix prepares to rocket himself into the discussion as one of the top quarterbacks for the 2024 NFL draft. If Bo Nix continues his upward trajectory, as he did in 2022, he is going to be the face of the quarterback position in college football. If Nix can continue to grow his chemistry with his wide receivers, the sky is the limit to how high Nix's ceiling can be.
My favorite game from the 2022 season is when the #10 Oregon Ducks took on the #9 UCLA Bruins on Oct 22, Bo Nix threw for 283 yards bringing in 5 passing touchdowns, while going 22-38 (83.6% passer rating) Nix also ran for 51 yards. He led the Ducks to a 45-30 victory over their conference rival, but it was not just about how he could throw the ball, it was about how he could command his team and wide receivers down the field. Bo took over the Oregon Ducks and made it HIS team during the game and showed that he is capable of leading a team from the first to the last whistle.
Bo Nix made several good reads all throughout the game, he did not put himself or the Ducks in a position where they were in jeopardy. He showed the true mindset of a leader, which every NFL team is searching for in their quarterback.
In addition to his draft status, Bo could very well put his name in the top 3 for the Heisman in 2023 if he stays on the path he has already set in front of himself. Meaning that if Bo can continue to excel at Oregon, he can be one of, if not the best QB in the 2023 season of college. He could also move his draft position to the #1 Quarterback drafted in the 2024 NFL Draft.