Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher is very familiar with eighth-ranked Auburn’s true freshman who will make his first true road start Saturday against the 17th-ranked Aggies.
“Their quarterback, Bo Nix, is an outstanding young man,” Fisher said. “I’ve known Bo for a long time. His father played for me and was one heck of a football player. Not only that, he’s a competitor and has a football mind, one of the best I’ve ever been associated with.”
Patrick Nix was Auburn’s quarterback from 1992-95. Fisher was Auburn’s quarterback coach from 1993-98.
“His dad is a winner, he’s a great coach, he coached in college, he coached in high coach,” Fisher said.
Patrick Nix has coached in college and high school since his playing days, including stints as offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech (2002-06) and Miami (2007-08). He’s been a high school coach since 2013, coaching his son to back-to-back Alabama 6A state title at Pinson Valley in 2017.
Bo Nix had led Auburn to a 3-0 start, defeating No. 11 Oregon 27-21, Tulane 24-6 and Kent State 55-16.
The 207-pound Nix has completed 44 of 84 for 545 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries (4.9) with a touchdown. His yardage includes three sacks.
“He’ll have a lot of intangibles in his blood that some other freshmen may not, from just the experiences of being around those things,” Fisher said. “It’s obviously a tough test. We have to prepare for no matter what they do with him. But he’s an outstanding player, he can beat you. He has a great arm, he’s got great legs and he’s a very tough competitor and a very smart young man. Hopefully we can play well against him.”
The A&M-Arkansas game on Sept. 28 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium will kick at 11 a.m. and be televised by ESPN. Other SEC games that day are
Northern Illinois at Vanderbilt (11 a.m., SEC Network);
Ole Miss at Alabama (2:30 p.m.,CBS); Towson at Florida (3 p.m. SEC Network); Mississippi State at Auburn (6 p.m. CT ESPN); and Kentucky at South Carolina (6:30 p.m., SEC Network).