Nix, a 23-year-old senior from Pinson, Alabama, received 885 total points to finish behind winner LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels (2,092) and runner-up Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (1,701). Nix received 51 first-place votes, 205 second-place votes and 322 third-place votes.
When asked about his chances at winning Oregon’s second Heisman Trophy, Nix said he was just happy to be attending the ceremony.
"I think that award goes beyond numbers," Nix said this week. "What you do on the field and with your team. Just to be a finalist is a tremendous accolade. With it being a team game, it's just all about winning football games. But it is fun to have success for your teammates and put them in a good position. Fortunately, for me, I was around a really good team."
Nix led the Ducks to a 11-2 season after throwing for 4,145 yards, with 40 touchdowns and three interceptions. He led the FBS in completions, and completion percentage, and tied for the lead in touchdown passes with Daniels.
He was accompanied by his parents, Patrick and Krista, and his wife Izzy during the interview portion of the ceremony.
"I just remember all those times you know with my dad in the backyard, up at the school or in a gym somewhere in Scottsboro, Alabama, where we would go throw," Nix said Saturday night. "It wasn’t always the most fun being coached by your dad because he was relatively hard on me. But at the same time I don’t think I would have been able to make it here without him, make it without my mom’s prayers and without Izzy’s support. Realistically I’m just sitting up on stage and really thrilled to be here. It’s just a surreal moment because you know it’s just one of my goals, one of the things I always wanted to do. And now I’m here."
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"It was like a breath of fresh air, all the resources and everything that Oregon has, it was just the best choice that I could have made," Nix said. "From teammates, coaches, staff, administration, I felt like they had at all."
Nix’s next football stop is Glendale, Arizona, as the Ducks take on undefeated Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bo Nix finishes third in Heisman Trophy balloting