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Louis Nix, a 326-pound force in the heart of the defensive line, will also serve as the figurative heart of the Irish defense.
His bubbly personality is consistently on display during his weekly "Chocolate News" segments on YouTube. Nix isn't so bubbly on the field, though. He's responsible for providing the muscle up the middle for the Irish defensive line, a task the Jacksonville, FL native revels in.
Now in his third season in South Bend, Nix has finally reached a fitness and endurance level that allows him to remain on the field for longer stretches. As a redshirt freshman last season, Nix was only on the field in spurts, splitting time with Sean Cwynar, a recent Notre Dame graduate.
Expect to see Nix reach his long awaited potential this season.