Auburn’s Bo Nix, Jarquez Hunter earn SEC weekly honors

Football By: Jeff Shearer

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn quarterback Bo Nix shared Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week honors while running back Jarquez Hunter earned freshman of the week accolades for their play in the Tigers’ 24-19 win at LSU, the SEC announced Monday.

Nix and Hunter helped Auburn overcome a 13-point, first-half deficit to beat the Bengal Tigers in Baton Rouge for the first time in 22 years.

Nix began the comeback with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Fromm on fourth down, a play that showcased Nix’s scrambling ability and athleticism. 

Nix added a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to cut LSU’s lead to 19-17 and set the stage for Hunter’s heroics on Auburn’s game-winning drive.

The junior threw for 255 yards and a touchdown while leading Auburn with 74 rushing yards and a TD, helping the Tigers win at LSU for the first time since 1999.

Hunter’s 44-yard sideline sprint was the key play on Auburn’s 92-yard, game-winning drive. Hunter finished with 65 yards on six carries, 53 of them coming on Auburn’s final drive. He finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:11 remaining to give Auburn a 24-19 lead.

Nix shared offensive player of the week honors with Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers and Alabama running back Brian Robinson.

Hunter shared freshman of the week recognition with Tennessee running back Len’Neth Whitehead.

No. 18 Auburn (4-1, 1-0) hosts No. 2 Georgia (5-0, 3-0) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry on CBS.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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