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Nix, Martin returning to Notre Dame next year

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Monday that nose guard Louis Nix III and tackle Zack Martin both will return to school next season rather than enter the NFL Draft. Nix, the big man in the middle of one of the best front sevens in the nation, was arguably the biggest reason for the Irish's dominance against the run, and was rated as anywhere from a third- to fifth-round pick by various scouting services. Martin, a senior captain this year, was the leader of a veteran offensive line that paved the way for a dominant rushing game and protected redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson as he grew into the starting role.

Running back Cierre Wood, meanwhile, is still weighing his options and will explore his draft standing before deciding whether to return to Notre Dame.

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