AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has named Bo Nix the starting quarterback for the Tigers.
“He did a very good job with his attention to detail, with everything that goes with it,” said Malzahn. “I introduced Bo to the team in our team meeting, our team was very excited. I think from their standpoint they’re happy they know who’s gonna lead us into that first game and they responded well on the practice field today.”
“It’s a dream come true and I’ve always wanted to play quarterback at Auburn. It’s a goal of mine that I’ve had for a long long time, as far as I can remember, all the way back to throwing the football in the backyard with my dad, it’s I just wanted to play quarterback at Auburn, so it was just an awesome moment and you honestly couldn’t write it any better,” said Nix.
Shortly after the spring game Malzahn said the quarterback battle would be between Nix and redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood. In a meeting with the media Tuesday evening, Malzahn said the competition between his two freshmen quarterbacks was a strong one.
“It was a very good competition,” said Malzahn. “I think the biggest thing - when I look back at the whole thing - we’ve got two quarterbacks we feel like we can win with.”
Sunday, Malzahn said he’d make his decision within the next 24-48 hours.
Nix is the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix. Bo set Alabama state records with more than 12,000 career total offense yards and 161 career total touchdowns. He led Pinson Valley to consecutive Class 6A titles and was named the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and Alabama Mr. Football among other high school accomplishments.
The No. 16 Auburn Tigers open the 2019 season against No. 11 Oregon Aug. 31. in Dallas. That game kicks off at 6:30 p.m.