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Oregon's Bo Nix appears on updated list of Heisman Trophy contenders

Jarrid Denney07/06/22
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Oregon’s quarterback competition is far from settled, but one signal-caller within the program is already receiving some Heisman Trophy buzz.

This week, Vegas Insider released its updated 2022 Heisman Trophy odds. That list included Oregon’s Bo Nix, who transferred into the program during the offseason after three seasons at Auburn.

Vegas Insider lists Nix’s odds of capturing the award at +5000, which leaves him tied with a large cluster of players for the 20th best odds in the nation.

The list of players with odds of +5000 or greater is as follows:

Further down the list, Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell was tabbed at +20000.

This season, Nix will reunite with Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who served as OC during Nix’s most successful season at Auburn. During their lone season together in 2019, Nix was named was named the SEC freshman of the year after throwing for 2,524 yards and scoring 23 total touchdowns.

Last season, Nix played 10 games and threw 11 touchdowns and three interceptions while passing at a 61 percent clip. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in November that required surgery.

During Oregon’s spring game, Nix had the best day of the Ducks’ three scholarship quarterbacks and threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 8-of-15 passing while also throwing one interception.

Throughout spring ball, Dillingham was adamant that the program’s quarterback competition will continue into fall camp. Following the April 25 spring game, he said the coaching staff does not have a date in mind for when it plans to name a starter in the fall.

With Nix, Jay Butterfield, and Ty Thompson all in the mix, Dillingham did provide context after the scrimmage on what each player needs to do in order to improve.

“There are specific goals,” Dillingham said. “Ty, we’re trying to bring his eyes with his feet more. Bo, we’re trying to not make a bad play worse. Jay, all we’re trying to do is get his drops down a little bit quicker so he can get the ball out a little faster.

“I think they all have an individual goal they can grow off of, and I think they can take that into the summer and they can try to improve and try to grow.”