Auburn doesn’t know Auburn. It’s fine. It’s something I’ve come to mostly accept. Because, sure—does it matter that Camp War Eagle tour guides tell folks that Toomer’s rollings began as some 19th century hey-we-won smoke signal rather than just organic, victory-inspired vandalism in the late 1960s? Probably not. Does it matter that people think the original oaks were a thousand years old? Probably not.
But sometimes it’s like it does kind of matter, like all the times we sell ourselves short. And that’s a lot of times, actually.
And hey, let’s focus on that last one—unclaimed fame… only this time not for us as a people, but for Bo Nix as a person.
That whole stat about young Bo being Auburn’s first true freshman to start a season opener under center in 73 years? The first since Travis Tidwell? Awesome stat. It’s just kinda wrong.
He’s most likely the first ever.
Tidwell started his freshman season at tailback. Everyone remembers him for his quarterbacking, and for good reason. But in the 1946 season opener against Southern Miss in Cramton Bowl, Tidwell was the tailback. He stayed a tailback the whole season. He led the nation in offense as a true freshman… tailback. Left halfback, to be exact. He lined up at quarterback plenty, yes, definitely. But Babe Gendusa was the starting quarterback.
More details in the latest episode of It’s Pronounced Jordan, including confirmation straight from the horse’s mouth (via my mouth).
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