Notre Dame NG Nix always at the center of things

Associated Press Modified: October 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm •  Published: October 31, 2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III's younger brother gave a class presentation about his brother being the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. Nix thinks coach Brian Kelly should give him a shot at being quarterback on goal-line situations.

For now, though, Kelly is depending on the 6-3, 326-pound lineman to be a key player in goal-line situations when the Irish are on defense, like in the overtime win against Stanford. He also forced a key fumble against Michigan.

Nix is sixth in tackles on an Irish squad ranked 11th in the nation in defense. He held a contest on Facebook earlier this year to come up with the nickname "Irish Chocolate," saying all great players have nicknames.

The fourth-ranked Irish (8-0) play Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday.