Dan Lanning is entering his second season leading Oregon after 10 wins in his debut season a year ago. A large part of that success for Lanning came via the performance of star quarterback Bo Nix.

After beginning his career at Auburn, Nix transferred to Oregon and posted fantastic numbers across the board in 2022. He completed 71.9% of his passes for over 3,500 yards and 29 touchdowns. Nix also led the Ducks with 14 rushing touchdowns and added 510 yards on the ground.

At Pac-12 Media Day, Lanning was asked about what he sees out of Nix. While Lanning does view Nix as an ultimate competitor, he also noted Nix has a “unique connection” with the Lanning family.

That connection comes with Nix serving as the family’s babysitter:

“Bo’s not just our QB, he’s also my babysitter,” said Lanning. “I walked in the house the other day, my wife was out with some of the other coach’s wives I believe, and Bo’s in the living room there, and I’m like what are you up to? And he goes ‘Oh, the boys just finished up basketball practice, they’re getting ready for bed.’ There’s a unique connection there. It’s more than just football, he’s a member of the family.”

Bo Nix’s 2023 outlook

Entering the 2023 season, Nix was named the honorable mention All-Pac-12 QB behind first-teamer Caleb Williams and second-team choice Michael Penix Jr. We will see if Nix can improve that positioning with a strong showing in the fall as the Ducks look to climb to the top of the Pac-12.