Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix had a rough afternoon in The Swamp against Florida last Saturday. That’s probably putting it even a little nicely.

Nix struggled to the tune of 11-for-27 with 145 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. It was his lowest completion percentage for a game in his young career. Three picks also set a new career high, but one of his interceptions stood out as worse than the rest.

Auburn faced a third-and-12 at the Florida 15-yard line late in the third quarter while trailing 17-13. At the very least, the Tigers needed to kick a field goal in that situation to pull within a point, but trying to make too much happen, Nix threw a costly interception in the end zone.

However, Auburn’s confidence in Nix as its quarterback has not wavered this week. On his weekly radio show, Tiger Talk, coach Gus Malzahn gave Nix about as strong of an endorsement as the quarterback could have asked for after his poor showing at Florida.

“Champions come back stronger after adversity,” Nix said. “I expect him to do that.”

Prior to last week, Nix had been terrific in his first two SEC games, throwing for 435 yards combined on the road against Texas A&M and at home Mississippi State. He also had tossed six touchdowns since his last interception.

Auburn has this weekend off, and then the Tigers will host Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19.