In his two years as the Auburn starter, the former 5-star has not lived up to expectations, especially after a solid freshman year. The talented Quarterback took a step back in 2020, and that could be for many reasons. That being said, his growth may have been stunted by the poor offensive scheme of Coach Gus Malzahn. Nix has really been handcuffed by the repetitive tunnel screens and basic RPOs that are easy to game plan against. Malzahn never really opened up the offense, even with 2019 fourth round pick Jarrett Stidham, a two year starter. Now that Malzahn has been dismissed, Auburn found with a new head coach, Bryan Harsin.
Harsin spent his last 6 seasons as the head coach of the Boise State Broncos. Harsin, a former Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator, is not afraid to push the ball down the field. He is going to call shot plays for Bo to show off his five star ability. I would expect a big jump from not only Bo Nix, but the Auburn offense as a whole. There will be some growing pains, but at the end of the season we might be able to look back at this offense and say this was the most explosive offense Auburn has produced since Cam Newton won the Heisman trophy in 2010.
At Boise State, Harsin’s Quarterbacks averaged over 285 passing yards a game in 4 out of 7 seasons, with 2 seasons averaging over 310 yards per game.
Lets face it, Bo Nix in Gus Malzahn’s offense was simply was not a good match. Harsin is going to unleash Bo Nix and let him sling it around the yard 30 times a game.
Projected Stats: 3,112 Passing Yards, 24 TDs, 9 INTs, 470 Rush Yards, 8 TDs
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