Notre Dame NT Louis Nix 'not sure' if he'll return for 2014 season

Notre Dame is playing its final home game of the season Saturday, and it could be the final home game overall for Irish junior nose tackle Louis Nix III.

Nix (6-foot-2, 357 pounds) redshirted as a true freshman, and though Notre Dame lists him as a senior, he has one more season of eligibility remaining.

"If you guys had the opportunity, would you come back to Notre Dame?" Nix asked of reporters this week, according to IrishIllustrated.com. " ... It's something to think about right now. I'm not sure, to be honest. It's something to consider. We've got a lot of good guys coming back."

The Irish were off last Saturday, but Nix still was busy. IrishIllustrated.com reported that Nix picked up a one-credit class that met from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. That class gave him 19 credits this semester and keeps him on track to graduate in December with a Film, Television and Theater degree.

This Saturday, he will be on the field when Notre Dame plays BYU. Lending credence to those that think he will leave after this season, he told reporters that his mom will attend the game for the "Senior Day" festivities.

Nix is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the nation, and would be especially attractive to NFL teams that use a 3-4 set.

Nix has missed two games with tendinitis in his knee and Irish coach Brian Kelly has said Nix likely will need surgery after the season.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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