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Versatility a plus for Nuss

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After the way he has bounced around during his four-year Notre Dame career, playing a couple positions isn't a big deal for Andrew Nuss.

The fifth-year senior was recruited as defensive lineman before being switched to offense and moved up and down the line from guard to tackle to guard again. Having already earned a business degree, Nuss wasn't even sure whether he would return for his fifth and final season until coach Brian Kelly told him he would be competing for a starting spot.

Nuss and former Glenbard West standout Chris Watt are battling to become the starting spot at left guard. Even if Watt wins the job, Nuss' versatility makes him a valuable backup. 

"Let him battle for guard position," Kelly said of Nuss. "I don't want him to be a utility guy immediately because you don't give him a fair shot to earn a starting position if you do that. He has had a great battle with Watt and both of those guys will play. As a team player we need him to play tackle for us because he has that versatility and if we don't play him at tackle our next guy in is a freshman. He has been both a guy we wanted to take care of and give him a chance at guard but also as a team player he has got to play a little bit of tackle."

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