Bo Nix: Oregon HC Dan Lanning expects QB competition

Former Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix has a ton of college football experience heading into spring practice, but first-year Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning was not ready to name a starting quarterback during his opening press conference. Nix’s main competition will be Ty Thompson in addition to Jay Butterfield as the three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

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Nix was a three-year starter for Auburn but had his 2021 campaign shortened with a broken ankle suffered late in the regular season. In 10 games, Nix completed 61% of his passes for 2,294 yards with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also rushed for 168 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Despite all the experience at the highest level of college football, Thompson is highly thought of and rated as a 5-star prospect from Rivals out of the 2021 recruiting class. He was the main backup last season and played in three games, completing 7 of 15 passes for 87 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Butterfield was rated as a 4-star prospect among the major recruiting sites in 2020 and played in just one game in 2021 and completed 2 of 3 passes for 22 yards.

Lanning should have plenty of capable options to choose from as the Ducks replace Anthony Brown, who started every game last season, and Robby Ashford transferred from Oregon to Auburn this offseason.

The Ducks are coming off a 10-4 season but lost head coach Mario Cristobal to the Miami Hurricanes after the Pac-12 Championship Game loss to the Utah Utes. Oregon finished the year with an Alamo Bowl loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. This will be Lanning’s first season as a head coach and was hired from the Georgia Bulldogs where was the defensive coordinator.

Bo Nix was rated as high as a 5-star prospect out of Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, Alabama.

Photo courtesy of Auburn Athletics

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