Bo Nix is becoming a better runner — and Auburn is becoming a better offense because of it
The sophomore quarterback was a quick and decisive rushing threat against LSU. That only raises the ceiling of what the Tigers can do on offense.
QB Bo Nix (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics)
Bo Nix’s approach to rushing is simple.
“Just give me an open field, open grass, and let me run,” Nix said Saturday after Auburn’s 48-11 blowout win over LSU.
OK, he quickly adds, maybe it’s not quite that simple.
“Just knowing the right times to run, the right times to pull, the right times to sit in the pocket,” Nix said. “From the outside looking in, there are times you wish you had sat in the pocket when you ran, or times when you should have ran when you sat in the pocket. But that’s just part of being a quarterback. Going back and watching it has just helped me continue to learn and helped me get better as a runner.”
And there’s no denying that Nix is better as a runner this season.
The official stats say Nix has carried the ball 62 times for 274 yards, which averages out to 4.42 yards per carry.
But that’s the issue with college football statistics. Unlike the NFL, sack yardage goes against a player’s rushing yardage. So, even on a play that …