Auburn quarterback Bo Nix remains a polarizing figure among Tigers fans, but head coach Bryan Harsin feels good about the junior signal caller’s progression heading into the bye week.

“Bo, like hopefully everyone on our team, is improving at his position,” Harsin said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference. “… I do think Bo is that student of the game when it comes to learning from the previous game, what are the things we need to apply that next week and being better at it going into the next game we play. … It was nice to see some execution from more guys on the offensive side than we’d had in the previous game.”

After getting benched against Georgia State and watching TJ Finley lead a game-winning drive in the 4th quarter, Nix has played well for the most part.

Sure, he struggled against Georgia’s vaunted defense, but who hasn’t?

That said, in the wins against LSU and Arkansas that sandwiched the loss to the No. 1 Bulldogs, Nix was a huge reason that Auburn was able to come out victorious, as he accounted for a combined 547 yards and 3 touchdowns passing and 116 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.

Harsin also was asked Wednesday for an update on injured All-SEC linebacker Owen Pappoe.

“I hope he’s ready to go,” Harsin said. “We need him. I think this is a good time at least for him with this bye week to really give us a chance, not just with Owen, but with other guys too … hopefully they’re able to play.”

The No. 19 Tigers return to action at home against Ole Miss on October 30.