Just like Moore, if Auburn is to make a run in the SEC West it will be because Bo Nix had a big season. If Nix has a big season, Auburn will most likely make a run in the SEC West. Just like Newton a decade ago, Bo Nix would have to put the Tigers on his back and lead them to a National Championship.
When Newton won his Heisman Trophy and National Championship, he played with marginal talent and carried them all season. Nix has to do the same thing. He’ll have to take a monumental leap this season. What is most interesting is how he develops under new offensive coordinator and former Arkansas head coach Chad Morris.
Morris will help Nix improve as a passer; that is where he needs the most improvement. Morris’ route trees will help make Nix look good. The most important thing Morris can do for both Nix and Auburn is open the offense.
If he improves as a passer, that helps open lanes for him as a runner. That part of his game went lacking last season; Nix only averaged 3.2 yards per carry on 97 rushes. Running is a big part of his game. If defenses have to worry about him as a passer, run lanes could open for him.
With LSU, Texas A&M, and Alabama on the schedule, the Tigers have to score points. Not only does Bo Nix have to level up his game, but he’ll also have to level up the game of the entire offense. Can both happen in the same year? Time will tell. If they do, Nix will enjoy a free steak dinner in New York City.