Inside battle winner could be key to BCS National Title

By patmercadante
Matt Cashore-US Presswire

The unstoppable force meets immovable object could be one of the many keys in the BCS National Championship game Monday night. Notre Dame Fighting Irish junior nose tackle Louis Nix III has wrecked havoc for opposing offenses and he looks to continue that trend when he locks up with Alabama Crimson Tide All-American center Barret Jones.

Nix spent the season feasting on opposing running backs and quarterbacks. Nix recorded 15 solo tackles, assisted on 30 tackles, two sacks, five and a half tackles for loss, one forced fumble and five passes broken up. Nix took on double teams all season, being a force for the Notre Dame defense.

Nix took on tough competition at lineman this year but his biggest challenge will be when he squares of against Jones. Jones won the Outland Trophy as the top interior lineman in 2011.

Jones had a great another season for the Crimson Tide earning him the Rimington Trophy for the best center in the country. Jones was the leader up front for Alabama before being sidelined in the first quarter of the SEC title game against Georgia. Jones has been in a walking boot and has practiced twice since the injury. The Crimson Tide expect Jones to start in the game and Nix will have to to be at his best if he wants to anchor the Irish to the title.

Nix already has made Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans smile this post season. The junior nose tackle announced that he will return to Notre Dame for his senior season. The unselfish Nix cited that the main reason for his return was for his mother. Nix explained that his mother was unable to attend his senior day game in high school and it is very important for her that she be on the field for Senior Day with her son.


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