Five of the last seven winners of the Mr. Football Award in Alabama have signed with Auburn—Bo Nix is the 2018 winner (photo: AL.com)
On Tuesday Auburn quarterback signee Bo Nix became the 11th Auburn signee to win “Mr. Football” for the state of Alabama. The state’s top prep award caps off over a half dozen national and state honors by the incoming freshman, including The Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year.
The Pinson Valley graduate was the 2017 runner up but won the honor this year after a senior season that saw him amass 4,224 yards and 57 touchdowns with 50 of those scores coming through the air. He set the state record for total offense with 12,505 career yards and also holds the record for career touchdowns with 161.
Nix led the Indians to back-to-back Class 6A state championships with this year’s state title being won in Jordan-Hare Stadium where his father, Patrick, became an instant Auburn legend in the 1993 Iron Bowl
The Under Armour All-American is already enrolled at Auburn and is expected to battle Malik Willis, Joey Gatewood,Cord Sandberg, and, possibly, Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall to be the starter in 2019. Kendall who has two years of eligibility left is visiting Auburn this week.
It will be pretty tough competition for the incoming freshman with or without Kendall in the mix. Prior to Malik Willis being named No. 2 last year, many expected Gatewood to win that role as he drew comparisons to Cam Newton. That was before the rising sophomore was sideline by injury. However, Nix is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports, and he is coming in with a lot of confidence.
“The guys that are up there are great quarterbacks,” said Nix. “But I think that I can come and, hopefully, compete with them and leave everything else for the coaching staff … I [just] want to go in there and help do whatever I can to win a national championship.”
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