BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino
Standing right in the middle of Notre Dame’s top-10 defense last season was defensive tackle Louis Nix III, who is primed to be one of the stars of the Fighting Irish in 2013. Nix didn’t see the field as a freshman so he technically has another year of eligibility after the 2013 season. That said, he will be finished with his degree in the spring of 2014 and will likely enter the 2014 draft.
In his first playing season in 2011, Nix jumped right in and started 11 games, compiling 45 tackles (4.5 for loss) and .5 sacks. Last season, he started 11 games again and led the team’s defensive lineman in tackles with 50. He also had 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks and led the team in pass breakups with five.
Listed at 6’3’’ and 326 pounds by Notre Dame’s official athletics website, Nix has great size for an NFL defensive lineman. He appears to be one of the top defensive line prospects in the 2014 draft.