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Dream Comes True For Bo Nix, First True Freshman Starting QB for Auburn in 73 Years

By on August 20th, 2019 in Football, News 17 Comments »

Bo Nix leads the Tigers. (photo: Jake Crandall, USA TODAY Sports)

Thousands of children grow up every year dreaming of playing football for their favorite college football team. Bo Nix will have the opportunity to do that at Auburn. And the freshman found out today that he will also be the first true freshman quarterback to start for the Tigers in 73 years since Travis Tidwell led the nation in total offense in 1946.

From all reports he won the job after fierce head-to-head competition with redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood. There were time s during fall camp when observers thought Gatewood would get the nod, and there were times when it looked as if Nix was the guy.

At 6′ 5″and 233 pounds, Joey is the bigger of the two and has a running style teammates compare to Cam Newton. Ultimately it came down to Bo’s pure passing ability. The 2018 Mr Alabama Football threw for over 12,000 yards at Pinson Valley High, leading the Indians to back-to-back state titles.

At 6′ 2”and 215 pounds he has also drawn comparisons to another former Tiger signal caller, Jarrett Stidham, who now plays for the New England Patriots. Although he is more of a pocket passer, Nix is fast and has the ability to run the zone-read part of the Malzahn play book just as Stidham did.

The son of a legend at Auburn (Patrick Nix), Bo has waited and trained for this moment all his life. He grew up hearing about legendary plays when his father wore the Orange and Blue, and now he has an opportunity to make the same memories for himself.

Every Auburn fan knows who this freshman quarterback is before he takes his first snap in Auburn’s opener against No. 13 Oregon. Soon, the rest of the nation will also know who Bo Nix is.


  1. AUglenn says:

    Glad to see Bo gets the start. I think he'll do great but I hope Joey Gatewood dees not leave as a result of losing the competition to Bo.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      With the new transfer rules anything is possible but I don't think he'll leave. Word is he will also play this year, just won't be No.1 on the depth chart.

      • WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

        I hate the new transfer rules. A team has got to have a good backup QB in case No.1 goes down and the new rules allow a guy who may be unhappy on the side line to transfer and leave the team without the needed depth at the most critical position.

        • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

          Good "back up QB's" are very important.
          Case in point involved Bo's Dad who was the No. 2. QB when Stan White went down in the 1993 Iron Bowl with a knee injury. Patrick came in and delivered the first of his legendary "Nix to Sanders" touchdown passes.

    • Me too. We’ll actually be playing against Auburn transfer Woody Barrett in week 3 vs Kent State.

      • Didn’t know that. That has to make that game a little more interesting.

  2. I may be in the minority. I've been pulling for Joey Gatewood to get his shot since last season. But I trust the coaches. They're the ones who have watched both of these guys and have all the intel. Glad for Bo and I expect Gatewood to get some snaps occasionally and probably in the first game.

  3. First freshman in 73 years??? I always thought Stan White started as a freshman and played 4 straight years.

  4. I believe it's going to be an exciting year. Defense is going to be stellar and Bo and Seth are going to light it up.

  5. Kraig Mooney says:

    If I’m not mistaken Gabe Gross started as a true freshman in 1998…..

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Yes Gross played as a freshman but he was not named the starter at the beginning of the season. Ben Leard was No. 1 and he was No.2. Bo Nix is only the second True freshman to be made the No.1 QB at the start of the season. (Travis Tidwell was the first).

      Gabe began his freshman year (1998) as a backup. As Acid alluded to in his comment, Gross went in for Leard against Tennessee when the starter went down with a bruised elbow and a wrist injury that was so bad that he couldn't feel the ball leave his hands,

      So Gross took over against the Volunteers and the next week, he became the starter at Mississippi State. Then the next year (1999) he played in one game before leaving the team to focus on baseball.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..That is true. We had a bad injury situation on the offensive line in 1998, and Ben Leard got roughed up a lot. Gabe was brought in, because he could run for his life better. That year, we went through six (SIX!) starting centers.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Another true freshman I remember starting games was Jonathan Wallace in 2012. He started against New Mexico State, Georgia, Alabama A&M and Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

  7. Go get ‘em Bo, WDE!

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