The year is 2019. A true freshman named Bo Nix is making his first career start for his dad’s alma mater: the Auburn Tigers. After a rough 58 minutes, Nix would get the ball back with two minutes to go and a chance to win the game. With nine seconds left, Nix finds Seth Williams in the end zone for a game winning touchdown. The team he beat that day would be Justin Herbert and Oregon. Today, Bo Nix is a Heisman Trophy candidate while playing for those Oregon Ducks.
On Saturday, Nix became the third Oregon player to have a passing, rushing, and receiving touchdown in a game. The other two are Joey Harrington, who came in fourth in the 2001 Heisman voting, and Marcus Mariota, who won the award in 2014.
Bo Nix becomes the third Oregon player to tally a passing, rushing & receiving TD in a game:
20-24, 308 total YDS, 5 total TDS
3rd straight game with 5+ TDS. Heisman front-runner? 👀
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 5, 2022
This was also Nix’s third straight game with five or more touchdowns. After the Week One debacle against Georgia where he didn’t score a single touchdown, Nix has gone off for 36 total touchdowns, throwing 22. That is tied for 14th in the nation in touchdown passes. While that isn’t a crazy number of touchdowns thrown, he has 13 on the ground, which would be tied for fifth in the nation. He also caught one against Colorado this Saturday. He is also in the top 10 in the nation in points scored. For perspective, according to ESPN, he is the only quarterback in the top 50 in points scored.
Bo Nix adds a TD reception to his Heisman campaign. pic.twitter.com/C1YZHDl7UG
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 5, 2022
Aside from personal statistics, we know the Heisman voters consider team success as well. Another feather in the cap of Bo Nix. Since Week One, Oregon is 8-0 and is averaging around 48 points per game. They have scored at least 41 points in every game since then as well. Oregon has three tough games coming up in Washington, Utah, and Oregon State. Should Oregon run the table and win the Pac-12, they will be firmly in the mix for one of the top four spots in the College Football Playoffs.
Nix has both the personal statistics and team success to win the prestigious award. In the upcoming weeks, we will truly see what Bo Nix and his Oregon Ducks are made of. However, through nine weeks, he should be considered the favorite for the Heisman Trophy.