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Helping hand

Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix is finally ready to play after sitting out last season.

The 6-foot-3, 326-pound sophomore dropped a lot of weight (down from 368 last season) and proven to coaches that he can perform.

Nix got a lot of help from starting nose guard Sean Cwynar.

"He helped me on a daily basis, showing me like a lineman pulling and stuff like that," Nix said. "He's a great athlete, and he's showing me the ropes to make me better."

Nix said Cwynar's mental approach to the game is what he is trying to master.

"He knows the defense. He knows how to react to it," Nix said. "If he sees something on the O-line, he'll call it out. It's like instantly, it's like second nature to him. That's what I love about his game.

"It's kind of tough (for me). I'm still getting down the defense. My mind was on conditioning. Now, it has to be on football. Physically, I think I'm ready, but mentally, I think I have a lot to work on."

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