There’s been a priceless addition via Auburn whose insertion into the Oregon Ducks offense has seen the roof heightened on their overall potential this fall. No, this isn’t about quarterback Bo Nix. Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham is the arrival previously referenced and he’s played a major role in allowing Nix to reach his Heisman potential.
From a shoulder to lean on during his freshman year at Auburn to the man now spearheading the Tigers’ offense, Dillingham’s voice has been in Nix’s head since his first year out of high school. Speaking of that freshman year, that campaign saw him earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors as the first true freshman to start for the Tigers since 1946, Nix was different under Dillingham’s tutelage. And while the years that followed showcased Nix as a player whose faults were wrongly highlighted compared to the positives surrounding his game, the blossoming of his skill set this fall, in this offense, has raised his play to new heights.
Three years ago in his college football debut, Bo Nix and Auburn took down Justin Herbert and Oregon in a thriller.
Three years later, Nix now plays for Oregon and just threw a touchdown pass to Patrick Herbert, Justin Herbert's little brother.pic.twitter.com/w3EKdqyhpq
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Opportunity has come with responsibility, and Nix’s ability to dissect defenses between the ears has seen him take full control of the Ducks’ offense in 2022.
“In the past, I haven’t been able to check plays,” Nix said. “What’s been called, we’re running no matter what, and sometimes it shows.”
Now with full control of the offensive reins, it’s been impressive to watch him work. And while many still sit with Oregon’s performance against Georgia in the back of their mind, focusing on the majority of his snaps this fall has showcased one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the entire country. Undefeated since their loss to the Bulldogs and currently the No. 8-ranked team in the nation, Nix has fired on all cylinders since his rough Oregon debut back in September.
Good things often come with time, and while the Pac-12 as a whole has been outstanding so far this fall, Nix has been the poster child of the conference’s elite through eight games—including a handful of touchdowns against UCLA and interception-free football in five of his eight starts. It hasn’t just been through the air either for Nix, whose ability to not just run, but run with a purpose, has elevated his draft stock.
Bo Nix today:
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This all comes from confidence in Dillingham and trust between the two to identify what Nix does best against the looks he faces each Saturday. If a team is heavy in the box, what are ways to involve quick-hitters on the outside when audibling out of a run? When teams want to drop eight, how can Dillingham involve Nix’s legs to stretch defenses horizontally for advantageous gains? It all correlates with Heisman-level success for the transfer under center. Bo Nix has averaged two rushing touchdowns over his last four games, and whether it’s come from a designed concept relayed out or his understanding of how defenses look to counter the Ducks’ explosive attack, everything has begun to gel both through the air and on the ground for a relationship rekindled in Eugene.
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