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With Auburn commitment, Bo Nix set to join list of father-son QBs

Bo Nix

With Wednesday’s announcement that 2019 quarterback Bo Nix is committing to Auburn, the Tigers are in line to join the list of teams fielding a second-generation QB at the position.

It’s not a very long list – and it gets even shorter for quarterbacks at the same school.

As longtime Auburn fans know well, Bo Nix is the son of Patrick Nix, who played quarterback for the Tigers from 1992 to 1995 and started as a junior and senior. After stints as a college assistant, including an offensive coordinator job at Miami, Patrick Nix now coaches his son at Pinson Valley (Ala.) High.

But Bo Nix isn’t just the son of a former Auburn quarterback – the 6-1.5, 194-pound recruit is a major prospect in his own right. Rated as a four-star recruit and the second overall dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, Nix had offers from more than 17 schools including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

So when he announced his commitment Wednesday, with a YouTube video that he also posted on Twitter, that represented a serious pickup for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.

Here’s a look at a few other notable father-and-son quarterback duos with SEC connections. Note that the list doesn’t include duos in which one played a position other than quarterback.

John Brantley III (Florida) and John Brantley IV (Florida)
Background: The two Brantleys both played behind center for the Gators, while Scot Brantley (brother of the older quarterback) was even more prominent at linebacker. The elder Brantley played three seasons for the Gators, starting the 1978 season in Doug Dickey’s final year in Gainesville and completing 85 of 170 passes for 1,334 yards that year. His son, best known as the quarterback who came after Tim Tebow, actually performed better statistically than many Gators fans might remember – he completed more than 60 percent of his passes and finished with 4,750 career passing yards. But he wasn’t able to come close to Tebow’s achievements, and it didn’t help Florida fans to watch former Gators backup Cam Newton leading Auburn to a national title at the same time.

Doug Dickey (Florida) and Daryl Dickey (Tennessee)
Background: A father-son combination across two different schools. Doug Dickey started for the Gators in the early 1950s, leading Florida to victory in the Gator Bowl after the 1952 season in a time when the school’s football program was far from prominent. He later became head coach at Tennessee and Florida, followed by nearly two decades as the Vols’ athletic director. Son Daryl sat on the bench for three years at Tennessee, but emerged as a senior after an injury to Tony Robinson and led the Vols on an unexpected charge to the SEC title and a rout of second-ranked Miami in the Sugar Bowl.

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