Bo Nix explains why he will claim both Auburn, Oregon in the NFL

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The NCAA transfer portal has made claiming allegiances a tricky task, and few will understand that better than Oregon quarterback Bo Nix. Nix grew up an Auburn fan, attended Auburn, graduated from Auburn, then went on to Oregon to finish out his playing career.

So which program will Nix claim when the lights are on and the announcements are made on Monday Night Football or the like?

“Well I’ll always be an Oregon Duck, that’s one thing that fortunately for me I was able to go and spend two incredible years there,” Nix said in an interview with the Daily Wire. “So I’m going to claim Oregon for as long as I can. But at the same time I graduated from Auburn too, so I get to claim that part of it too. I spent a lot of games at Auburn too.”

In three years at Auburn, Nix threw for 7,251 yards, with 39 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He also ran for 869 yards and 18 touchdowns.

And while that was highly productive and made Nix one of the better quarterbacks in the conference, Nix still wasn’t superstar, Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix. That would come later, with a little development at Oregon.

And the numbers bore out that Nix developed and got significantly better in Eugene.

In just two years he threw for 8,101 yards, with 74 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. He also ran for 744 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Because he was so successful at both places, Nix thinks there’s some nice middle ground in the discussion about which school he claims at the next level.

“I think it’s respectful and OK to claim both, but obviously when you’re doing announcements and stuff, right now I’m from Oregon because that’s the most recent one,” Nix said. “It’s kind of like when you grow up. I moved around a lot as a kid. I don’t say I’m from Charleston even though I lived in Charleston for four years. I just say the most recent high school I was at, and that’s Pinson, Ala.”

There you have it. Nix has clearly outlined how he’ll announce himself on game broadcasts going forward.

“So I’m from Pinson Valley High School and now I’m from Oregon,” Nix said. “But I can always hold Auburn in my heart.”

Bo Nix is widely considered one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft, though it’s a deep draft near the top at that position. CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Chris Trapasso has Nix going No. 12 overall currently to the Denver Broncos.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place from April 25-27 in Detroit, Mich.