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Louis Nix Makes Debut on Offense

Louis Nix - Wildcat QB

Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose tackle Louis Nix (1) gestures before a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

As time was winding down in the 84th annual Blue-Gold game, Brian Kelly called for the “Irish Chocolate” play after CJ Prosise waltzed into the endzone untouched for the game’s only touchdown. With that, Notre Dame’s svelte nose tackle, 350+ lb Louis Nix jogged onto the field to take the snap.

After getting his troops lined up where he wanted them, big old #1 took the snap, dropped back a step, surveyed the field briefly and then ran right up the middle of the Irish defense for a two point conversion.  Junior linebacker Kendal Moore stood in Nix’s way but when faced with taking on the mammoth wildcat quarterback, Moore wisely choose to step out of his way.

We probably won’t see Nix line up under center again other for perhaps maybe a cameo performance on Senior Day ala Tommy Zbikowski back in 2007, but on this day the play was a perfectly fitting way to wrap up Brian Kelly’s 4th spring practice as the head coach of the Fighting Irish.

“I lost a bet with Lou Nix,” Brian Kelly explained when asked about the play after the game.  “We had a bet.  I lost it and the wager was if I lost the bet I would have to put together an offensive play for him so I paid off my wager.”

“Lou and I had a personal bet on some academics and he surprised me so I paid up.”  Nix apparently wanted to score a touchdown in the spring game, but Kelly joked that the Irish had a hard time scoring touchdowns on Saturday afternoon.

Luckily for Nix early enrollee Malik Zaire was able to get the Irish into the endzone in the final minutes when a busted coverage by the Irish defense left converted safety CJ Prosise wide open for an easy score to set a two point play opportunity for one of the most likable players to wear a Notre Dame jersey in some time.

Had Nix not won the bet he would have been on the field quite a bit this fall.  “I would have gotten Louis to play 67 plays, at minimum, in every game,” Kelly explained about the stakes in he and Nix’s wager.

In the end, everyone won.  Seeing Nix line up as a wildcat quarterback was a fun way for the team and fans to end spring practice.

As Mike Mayock pointed out during the telecast, not only was the play a fun way to end the spring, it’s just another sign of the development of Brian Kelly as the head coach at Notre Dame.   We probably wouldn’t have seen something like this out of Kelly two or three years ago.  Kelly has evolved as a head coach and really grown into the role of being the head coach at Notre Dame – something that has been a little bit bumpy at times but is now paying dividends for Notre Dame.

All you have to do to find evidence of the change in Kelly is contrast the image of a purple faced Brian Kelly ont he sidelines in the 2011 season opener against South Florida and a smiling and joking Kelly congratulating his senior nose tackle after he reached the end-zone and it’s pretty crystal clear.  Kelly


  1. Toulmin H. Brown


  2. Pretty typical spring game/ not much happening on offense except it was nice to see Zaire make TD toss!

    can’t tell much from the game. At least we’re 1-0 going into the season!

  3. I saw this play and thought Tony Rice was gracing us again. um…maybe not()

  4. Hicks – Mayock – NBC!

  5. In true “Ron Burgundy” fashion, you conveniently left out the only female member of the NBC /ND broadcasting team… sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.

    Shit… That’s terrible… You know.. she has beautiful eyes, and her hais smells like cinnamon!

  6. Shaz,

    Isn’t this “Ron Burgundy” a Bama troll? I’m confused because I’d swear this guy was on here prior to the NC game talking smack and putting down ND. What’s he doing on here in the off-season if he’s not a ND fan? Perhaps I’ve confused “Ron Burgundy” with someone else.

  7. SFR,

    Perhaps he is one of those chaps who is lonely, doesn’t have a lot of friends, likes to joke around, or just wants someone to talk to?

    If he is a Bama fan, possibly he finds his own teams’ web site stale,boring,non-stimulating, or unfulfilling?

    Maybe we here at UHND fill a need or a void that some college football fans can’t find anywhere else?

    Which leads me to your your “Off Season” point of view.

    When it comes to ND football, (and this site) I’m not so sure there is an off season?

    There is always something going on with ND football.
    Always something to talk about.
    That’s kind of special.

    Maybe there are those out there who (for better or worst) just want to be a part of that something special?


    ND Football,”Baby we’re Back!”

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