Gary Danielson explains why Auburn can do big things with Bo Nix under center
Two games into his college football career, Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix has made some positive first impressions. Not only with the Tigers, but with those outside the program.
Include CBS football analyst Gary Danielson among that list.
Nix has made some impressive throws, but it’s something else that has impressed Danielson the most.
“He fits what [head coach] Gus [Malzahn] likes to do on offense. So, that is going to be a comfort factor,” Danielson said, according to AL.com’s Mark Heim. “He likes to compete. He looks at seniors and kind of says, ‘Hey, shut up. I’m the quarterback.’ You pray for guys like that to be your quarterback. No one is exactly comfortable with them. … But, Bo has that leadership gene you can’t teach.”
Nix has passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns during Auburn’s 2-0 start, which features wins over Oregon and Tulane. His best moment came near the end of the victory over Oregon, as Nix threw a game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with nine seconds remaining to lift the Tigers to a 27-21 win.
However, Nix also completed only 13 of his 31 pass attempts in the season opener while throwing a pair of interceptions.
“He is nowhere near a finished product,” Danielson said. “For me, I thought he played an average to above-average game [against Oregon]. But, he hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. He made three throws that not a lot of guys can do.”
And Nix should continue to improve as he continues to gain experience.
Before Auburn opens SEC play, Nix will have the opportunity to face one more non-conference opponent. The Tigers are set to take on Kent State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.