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Bo Nix settles into his new team, new QB competition

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EUGENE, Oregon — Bo Nicks already seen it all.

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A three-year-old with the Auburn, the Knicks moved to Oregon during the off-season and now competes in quarterback competition with young prospects. Ty Thompson as well as Jay Butterfield.

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Knicks competed with LSU transfer TJ Finley in the Auburn during the fall camp last year. He won the job, but was replaced in mid-November by Finley, who broke his ankle.

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Nicks said that since he was a freshman, every fall camp has been the same: he puts his all into securing jobs.

“Obviously I really wanted it,” he said. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and that’s why I’ve dedicated my whole life to it, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years, all these competitions. I mean, you really have to dedicate your life to it and everything has to be connected to it.”

The former five-star recruit played the first 34 games of his Auburn career before suffering an ankle injury late in the season. Last season, he threw for 2,294 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Known for his mobility, he also threw four touchdowns. But the Tigers under a first-year head coach Brian Harsstruggled a bit and finished their first season 6-7 under .500 since 2012.

The Knicks join a team that is going through its own transition as the Ducks start their first season under Dan Lanningformer defensive coordinator and linebacker coach in Georgia.

The Knicks said that even in SEC country, Oregon is a well-known and respected team, so he settled on the Ducks.

“The brand of Oregon, the very letter “O” means so much in college football, year after year, that they have a chance to be in the top four in the country,” he said. “This is what I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to be able to play and have a chance to play in the playoffs. And I know that with my skills, I could make a difference.”

The move also reunites him with the new offensive coordinator in Oregon. Kenny Dillingham, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when Knicks was a freshman. That same year, Nicks received the SEC Freshman of the Year award.

Nicks, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nicks, has been more comfortable in Eugene since getting married in the offseason. At 22, he is one of the oldest players on the team.

“Especially now, being here, I feel like the oldest guy. It doesn’t have to be my age though. People kind of look at me because I’m already married, I’ve been through a lot, they kind of assume that I’m just a lot older,” Nix said. “And that’s good, because we have a lot of young guys who don’t have the same experience.”

Thompson, his archrival, played three games last season like a true redshirt rookie. He passed for 87 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

But players say Butterfield, who appeared in one game last season, is also in.

“We’re going to compete at quarterback like we would at any other position,” Lanning said. “I’m very happy that we have quarterbacks who can play winning football at the University of Oregon,” Lanning said. “If I felt it gave us a competitive edge, I would tell you. I don’t.”

Although Nix is ​​considered the leader of the competition due to his experience, he is also a mentor to Thompson and Butterfield.

“Bo is a born leader. Sometimes he is like a coach on the field. He’s clearly older, he’s in his fourth year of college, and he’s been — there, done — it in the SEC,” Thompson said. “So he knows how to act in that area and he’s really good at voicing things like that. And he’s a really good athlete, we all know that.”


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