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Returning Watt, Martin to bring continuity to Notre Dame line in 2013

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Notre Dame senior guard Chris Watt plans to be back next season for the Irish.

Assuming he's wanted.

"I haven't been officially asked yet, but I think I heard I was coming back," said Watt, a Glenbard West grad who redshirted his freshman season. "I think I heard someone say that Zack (Martin) and Chris Watt are coming back, so I'm hoping that was my invitation."

Given the success Notre Dame's thin-but-talented offensive line has had this season -- paving the way for 2,430 rushing yards -- there's little doubt the Irish want him back. With fellow senior Zack Martin announcing last week his intention to spurn the NFL and return for his fifth season, and junior Christian Lombard coming back, the Irish can bring back 60 percent of their veteran line next season. It's a key component to building on this season's surprising success.

"It's big, because communication is a big part of the offensive line," said Lombard, a Fremd product. "Being a close-knit group definitely helps that communication a lot. We jell well together."

Martin's announcement was the key for the Irish. The talented tackle from Indianapolis is a senior captain and a solid NFL prospect. His decision was expected to be a tough one, but he wasted little time in making it. Didn't even bother telling anyone at first, actually.

"It was really great hearing that Zack was coming back," Watt said. "I kind of knew a little beforehand because we signed our lease for an apartment (a week before his announcement). I was like, 'You gonna pay for this while you're in the NFL, or are you coming back?' That was pretty funny. He didn't really tell anyone, I was like, 'I'm pretty sure you're coming back.' He was like, 'Oh, yeah, forgot to tell you.'"

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