Star SEC Quarterback Enters Transfer Portal

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    After a three-year career in Auburn, quarterback Bo Nix has officially entered his name into the transfer portal.

    The former SEC Freshman of the Year in 2019 announced on Sunday his intent to enter the portal as a graduate transfer. Nix did not play in the Tigers’ final two games of the season, including the Iron Bowl, after undergoing surgery to repair a broken ankle.

    Nix made his announcement on Sunday through a post on Instagram.

    “It’s time that I move on to the next chapter in my life,” Nix said in his video announcement. “To reach further goals, I have decided it is best to be a graduate transfer and find a new start somewhere else. I make this decision with a heavy heart and a lot of growing pain.”

    In his three years at Auburn, Nix threw for a total of 7,251 yards, 39 touchdowns, and only 16 interceptions. In terms of touchdowns and yards, Nix’s best season came during his freshman year in 2019. In that year, Nix threw for 2,542 yards and added in 16 touchdowns.

    Under the first year of new head coach Bryan Harsin, Nix had a career-low this year in yards (2,294) and touchdowns (11) but did throw the least amount of interceptions of his career with only three. In the most recent season, Nix had the 11th most passing yards among all SEC quarterbacks.

    “I’m going to miss the moments I had as an Auburn Tiger,” Nix said in the video. “To my coaches, teammates, and friends that have been a part of this journey and have been with me along the way, thank you. I’ve had the experience of a lifetime and I got to accomplish my goal. I believe Auburn is a special place.”

    Nix, a native of Pinson, AL, was a five-star quarterback as a recruit in the class of 2019 and was the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school.

    In the summer of 2016, Bo Nix did attend a camp at Tennessee and was offered a scholarship by the Vols that same day.

    With the news from Sunday, though, it doesn’t look like Tennessee is in desperate need of a starting quarterback from the portal. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker made the announcement on Sunday that he would be returning to Rocky Top for his final collegiate season in 2022.

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