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Irish’s Nix questionable, Ishaq Williams doubtful for Navy

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With one of the top rushing attacks in the country on tap, Notre Dame could be down a pair of players who could help slow down the ground game.

During his teleconference Sunday, head coach Brian Kelly said the status of linebacker Ishaq Williams (pictured) and nose guard Louis Nix III for Saturday’s game against Navy, the No. 10 rushing team in the nation at 292.1 yards per game, is up in the air.  Officially, Williams is listed as doubtful while Nix is questionable.

Williams sustained a knee injury early in the win over Air Force and did not return.  Nix did not play against the service academy due to tendinitis in his knee.  As far as the latter is concerned, Kelly said, the lineman’s availability “will depend on his practices and the quality of his practices.”

A decision on both players likely won’t be made until much later on this week.

Williams started the win over the Falcons as a down lineman, which marked his first career start.  Nix, one of the top interior linemen in the country, has started 29 games the past two-plus seasons.

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9 Responses to “Irish’s Nix questionable, Ishaq Williams doubtful for Navy”
  1. metalhead65 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:10 AM

    ah tough luck for the irish who are playing the tough part of their schedule right? seriously does anybody think they would be playing the service academies still if they had not been dominating them the way they have over the years. that is how dame defines a rivalry, if they can beat them consistently then it is one if not not well due to scheduling conflicts we will have to discontinue it. let’s see Michigan Miami to name a couple. just wait if and when USC starts winning again they won’t be playing them either but they will always find time for the service academies.

  2. dbldmr says: Oct 28, 2013 11:26 AM

    ND will be playing five ACC teams every year and will continue to play USC and Stanford every year as well. Michigan State is there every year and they’re pretty good. Let’s see, who’s in the ACC? Oh, that’s right, Miami, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech. Just completed a home and home with Oklahoma and starting one with Texas. BYU will be in South Bend in a few weeks, and I think they’ve demonstrated their worthiness. I think criticism of ND’s schedule is off base.

    Notre Dame has had a long-standing relationship with Navy, dating back to World War II. That’s why they’re always on the schedule.

  3. sammiegbaker says: Oct 28, 2013 11:40 AM

    Yep, and you want to update us as to which teams “ND DECIDES TO SCHEDULE FROM THE ACC”? Look for VA, Duke, BC, and other basketball schools to dominate their schedule. Why do they get special treatment to BCS games? Bama thrashed them last year and what happened? The Pope was fired!!!! :) Pansies schedule powder puffs all the time.

  4. mediocrebob says: Oct 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    Really? Ripping the Irish schedule that is annually ranked in the top 10 in the country?

    I guess they should start new traditions like scheduling FCS programs like the rest of the country? But those teams only play for the competition, right? Not because it’s an automatic ‘W’?

    And the thrashing to bama…I know the Irish are the only victims of the SEC, especially the dynasty that is BAMA . Get mad bc they went 12-0 last year. Was Oregon probably the better matchup? Sure. But they didn’t go 12-0.

    While you people are amusing, it’s sad at the same time. Gotta find something to cry about though, right?

  5. mediocrebob says: Oct 28, 2013 12:35 PM

    And it’ll be a rotating ACC schedule. Do your research before commenting.

  6. irishdodger says: Oct 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    @metalhead,

    Do your homework & know your history before spewing nonsense. Michigan blackballed ND from the Big Ten & has paid ever sense. The game wasn’t played for 42 seasons between the late 40s and early 80s. MSU, Purdue, and So. Cal never had a problem playing ND and they were all three national powers more often than not. If you don’t know the history between Miami & ND, than you really shouldn’t be allowed to post anywhere regarding CFB. They stopped that series b/c of the fighting in the tunnels before the games & on the field during the games. It got out of hand on both sides, so they took a break. They resumed it last year & will maintain it for the forseeable future now w/ the ACC tie in. With your myopic viewpoint & limited knowledge, I’d guess you are an SEC or tOSU fan….I feel sorry for you.

  7. ajarkoski says: Oct 28, 2013 3:15 PM

    ND plays an all star schedule every year. No need to defend it. Anyway, both of these guys should sit. They have capable backups. And the big risk is to sit them for 1 game or risk them being lost for the season. Playing hurt is not smart.

  8. bphoward says: Oct 28, 2013 5:19 PM

    The reason Navy is on ND’s schedule is due to the fact that without them, Notre Dame would most likely have had to close their doors during WWII. Navy put an ROTC program on campus, thus saving Notre Dame… not just their football team, but the university. This is why Navy is always on the schedule. Also, before criticizing a schedule, do a little research. UCLA, USC and ND are the only Div. 1-A schools to have never scheduled a Div. 1-AA school.

  9. 10of14 says: Oct 28, 2013 9:32 PM

    Miami can’t beat ND, so spare me the Miami ‘hood crap. They (Miami) got embarrassed the last two times they played ND. As for USC; same thing, they have trouble with ND too. Navy, AF and others run circles around the “non-conference” opponents of most D1 programs (see tOSU, and most SEC schools), so you’re argument is so lame. Bring it…prove me wrong and start with #4 tOSU and match their schedule against ND…didn’t think so.

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