As it turns out, the BCS championship game against Alabama next month will not be the final game in a Notre Dame uniform for offensive lineman Zack Martin and nose tackle Louis Nix. In news that will surely please more than a few Notre Dame fans, coach Brian Kelly announced Monday that the two interior linemen would return for their senior season.
Both players were key contributors at their respective positions. Martin helped the Irish rush for over 200 yards a game and Nix (pictured as Santa because it’s the holidays, y’all) was a chore to move along Notre Dame’s defensive front, recording 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.
Notre Dame had one of the best defenses in college football, and was No. 3 in rushing yards allowed and first in points allowed.
Kelly also said that running back Cierre Wood is undecided on his NFL future and will seek a draft evaluation before making a decision.