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Louis Nix (left) attacks with power but lacks some agility due to his size.
Speaking of the obvious, attacking a player's weaknesses are a great way to gain an advantage.
Louis Nix is one of the strongest linemen in college. He's most certainly NFL-bound and poses a physical challenge for younger, less developed opponents. Underclassmen need not apply when it comes to battling Nix, who posed as a 340-pound quarterback during Notre Dame's spring game.
Michigan doesn't have to worry about Nix throwing the ball Saturday. However, the Wolverines should worry about Nix throwing around Wolverines. Then, they can concentrate on carrying out the mission of stopping him.
According to a recent draft profile, he indeed has an Achilles' heel.
Wayne B. Jones of NEPatriotsDraft.com wrote the following about the husky Irish nose guard:
Strength and endurance must improve for competition on the next level. He needs to build more upper body strength to shed quickly from blockers. Nix is a good bull rusher, but he needs to develop more and varied pass rushing moves.
In essence, Jones hints at Nix's propensity for getting winded. He's a big guy, that happens. He's definitely a "motor" player, though. Michigan can't underestimate him. The wise choice would be to give Nix plenty of attention so that way he's forced to put his hands at his side in between plays, bend over or show other signs of fatigue.
After that, it's time to attack again.
Nix bull rushes well, that much is true. But he's not really mobile. By wedging him away, Michigan's offensive line can derail a 350-pound train bound for quarterback Devin Gardner and their running backs. He's not impossible to defend, but he can be handled.
Saturday, mission "Melt Irish Chocolate" commences.