Nix returned to play against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9 and it appeared he would attempt to finish the season before opting for surgery. The Irish had a bye last week. Nix is eligible to return to Notre Dame next season, but he could be headed to the NFL. The 6-foot-2, 352-pound Nix is projected as a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. - The Sports Xchange
Nix was highly recruited out of high school and chose Notre Dame over several in-state programs, including Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL).
After redshirting in 2010, he started 11 games last season as a first-year player at the nose guard position, anchoring the middle of the Irish's three-man front. Nix finished with 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.
He plays hard with a feisty motor and the emergence of back-up Kona Schwenke should allow Nix to stay fresh late in games. Nix has struggled with the pressure and expectations of playing for a high-profile program away from home, but he flashes a rare skill-set for a player his size and strength.