Familiar with Bo Nix's dad, Jimbo Fisher expects big things from Auburn's freshman QB
Jimbo Fisher knows exactly what to expect from Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix on Saturday. That’s because the Texas A&M coach is quite familiar with Nix’s father.
Patrick Nix played quarterback at Auburn from 1992-95, which directly overlaps with Fisher’s time as quarterbacks coach for the Tigers, a position he held from 1993-98. When Fisher met with the media on Monday ahead of this weekend’s Texas A&M-Auburn matchup, he shared how the younger Nix’s pedigree has likely helped him early in his career.
“As a competitor and as a football mind, [Patrick Nix] is one of the best I’ve ever been associated with,” Fisher said. “[Bo’s] dad’s a winner, boy. I mean, he’s a great coach — he’s coached in college, coached in high school — so he’ll have a lot of intangibles in his blood that some other freshmen may not, just from the experiences of being around those things.”
Through his first three games with Auburn, the younger Nix has passed for 545 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s helped the Tigers start the year 3-0, which included an impressive season-opening win over Oregon. In that contest, Nix threw a game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to lift Auburn, 27-21.
Now, Nix will play his first SEC game, and it will be a challenging road contest at Texas A&M. But the Aggies are also preparing for what will be a difficult matchup from their side.
“It’s obviously a tough test,” Fisher said. “We have to prepare like no matter what — that’s what they do with him, but he’s an outstanding player and he can beat you. He has a great arm, has great legs and is a very tough, competitive and smart young man.”
The No. 8 Tigers and the No. 17 Aggies are set to kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.