I’m thankful for Bo Nix this Thanksgiving

It’s the Season of Thanksgiving, and what I’m thankful for this year is something I never expected.

Thank you for Bo Nix.

This time last year, I was still reeling from Oregon’s 38-7 loss to the Utah Utes, and I was sure the loss would cause then-coach Mario Cristobal to redouble his efforts to chase the National Championship in Eugene.

A lot has changed in a short time.

Mario Cristobal went to Miami. Georgia won the National Championship and the Ducks hired Defensive Coordinator Dan Lanning to replace Cristobal.

Dan Lanning wasn’t hard to follow, but when you heard that Bo Nix was transferring from Auburn to reunite with former Tigers Offensive Coordinator Kenny Dillingham?

Like any cranberry sauce not made by yours truly, it was hard to swallow.

You can check my twitter history, I’m not sure I’ve been harder on any college player over the previous three years than I was on Bo Nix. I thought he stank.

His first college game was against my Ducks and outside of one inning I thought he looked terrible. It would be one thing if it was some random Auburn freshman who won the job, but this was Rivals’ #1 Pro Style QB in the 2019 class, while 247 was the #1 Dual Threat QB.

When I looked at Bo Nix, I didn’t see anything #1. And after the first game with Georgia? I could use it number two to describe some of what I saw. But definitely not #1.

But after the Georgia game, Bo Nix stopped being a turkey and started bringing stuffing. Stat charging.

With nine wins, 3,500 yards of combined offense and 40 combined touchdowns, Bo Nix not only helped my Ducks get revenge over Utah, but they’re on the verge of winning the Pac-12 title against a 5-star QB. Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans.

It’s not over, but it’s a story of redemption, as everyone who knows him swears he’s a great person. Whether it’s this year or next, he’ll get a chance to make his NFL dreams come true and may even find himself in New York for the Heisman ceremony.

One thing anyone who has overcome adversity will tell you is that it teaches you gratitude. Bo Nix has been through a lot as a college player and I’m sure he’s thankful for his situation in Eugene, I can speak for all of the Oregon alumni and fan base that after the roller coaster of interim coaches and inconsistent QB’s the game we’ve played over the past few seasons We’re thankful for Bo Nix, though.

Happy Thanksgiving and let that sink in.