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HOOVER, Ala. – Auburn quarterback Bo Nix not only backed up the strong words of a teammate who took aim at Alabama on Thursday, he doubled his strength, telling reporters on SEC media days that they are not afraid of their rivals in the state.
Tony Fair, a graduate transfer officer from UAB, tweeted last week, “We’re coming to get the elephant’s head,” referring to Alabama’s mascot.
“I think I actually like the quote,” Nix said when asked about the tweet. “I think it’s important because we’re not afraid of Alabama. I know a lot of people want us to be afraid, but we’re really not.”
Nix called Alabama a great team last season after winning the SEC and College Football Playoff National Championship.
He admitted Alabama “beat us pretty badly” but added that it was “close at the start”.
Nix threw two interceptions and Alabama won 42-13.
Auburn finished the season 6-5 and coach Gus Malzahn was fired, replaced by former Boise State coach Brian Harsin.
Nix said it’s important to him that Flair comes to Auburn with the intention of beating Alabama.
He said he knows what that feeling is because he did it like a true freshman in 2019.
“For Auburn,” Nix said, “we’re here to win those big games and get the elephant’s head.”
Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe didn’t repeat Flair’s warning shot at Alabama like Nix did, but he supported his teammate nonetheless.
“I like the confidence,” he said. “It’s the biggest rivalry in the country in my opinion. It’s just what it comes down to.”
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