Martin, Nix to return to Notre Dame

Offensive tackle Zack Martin and nose tackle Louis Nix will return to Notre Dame for the 2013 season, Irish coach Brian Kelly announced Monday.

Martin, a 6-foor-4, 305-pound redshirt junior, is the No. 7-rated offensive tackle for the 2014 NFL Draft, according to early ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. He has started 38 consecutive games at left tackle for the Irish.

Nix is a redshirt sophomore who has started 21 games over the past two seasons and has 45 tackles, 5.5 for loss and a pair of sacks in 2012. He has two years of eligibility remaining and is the No. 2-rated interior defensive lineman for 2015.

Kelly said redshirt junior running back Cierre Wood has yet to make a decision on whether he will enter the 2013 draft. This year's running back class isn't deep in elite talent, but Wood is rated as a fringe draft pick and likely a free agent.

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