AUBURN, Ala. — He was in there somewhere, sitting on a small plastic chair in the center of the room, surrounded by a horde of reporters clamoring for whatever postgame nuggets they could scrounge up before deadline. The star quarterback, the son of an Auburn legend and a true freshman beyond his years, all in one.

Bo Nix was one of the last Auburn players to enter the media center inside Jordan-Hare Stadium following the Tigers’ 55-16 win over Kent State on Saturday night, and when he did so, it was as if every other conversation taking place no longer mattered. Anthony Schwartz, who somehow managed to play receiver with a cast on his hand, was abandoned almost immediately. Kam Martin, who rushed for his first touchdown of the season, suddenly found himself standing at a podium with only one reporter by his side.

While it’s not unusual for a starting quarterback to be swarmed by the media after a game, the intrigue surrounding Nix at Auburn goes deeper than most. The silver-haired reporters here, who used to file stories about his father, never thought they’d see another Nix quarterback the Tigers, and there are times when the story feels too good to be true. How many years ago was it that Patrick Nix replaced an injured Stan White in the third quarter of the 1993 Iron Bowl with Auburn trailing Alabama 14-5? What happened next built the Nix mythos: Patrick dropped back and heaved a 35-yard touchdown to Frank Sanders that sparked a come-from-behind win and closed out an undefeated season.

It’s 26 years later, three games into the young season, and already the second-generation QB has his own version. It came during the season-opening game against No. 11 Oregon when Auburn trailed 21-20 with 15 seconds left. Bo took the shotgun snap and rather than playing it safe and settling for a manageable field goal, he lobbed a game-winning, 26-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Seth Williams. Afterward, Nix told reporters, “I think that’s my first Bo-to-Seth moment.”

While Nix can be wary in front of a wall of cameras, looking down at his feet nervously, there’s no denying how he commands a room. His confidence can’t help but shine through. Beating Kent State to improve to 3-0 was great and all, but he kept pointing to improvements he has to make with games like the one Saturday coming up — going on the road to play No. 17 Texas A&M. It wasn’t hard for him to get over the jubilation of the Oregon win, he said, because “I know it’s a long season, and I didn’t play that great.”

That maturity is something his teammates point to over and over again as they attempt to explain how this isn’t a typical true freshman quarterback.

Schwartz was seated in the corner of the media center, left alone in the wake of Nix’s arrival, when a reporter asked for his read on the situation.



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