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Notre Dame nose guard likes, dislikes fame

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III has a love-hate feeling toward his notoriety.

The 6-foot-2, 357-pound senior said Wednesday he was jealous at times last season when linebacker Manti Te'o was getting so much credit for what the Irish's defense did during an undefeated regular-season.

"We had Manti, a great player, obviously, in college football. He got all of the credit for everything," Nix said. "You know me, I always wanted my name out there. I just took it how it was, and I just did my job."

But at the same time, Nix – who received numerous preseason All-American accolades and is currently No. 3 on ESPN NFL draft analysis Mel Kiper Jr.'s big board – said he doesn't like the oversized expectations that come with the notoriety he has received this year.

"I really don't like it," Nix said. "For some reason, people say I'm an All-American or whatever, they expect me to make 10 tackles. I don't think they really watch me. Last year, I barely made a tackle a game. I don't think people know actually what I do. I get frustrated with that because people expect me to make like (former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o) tackles and interceptions. That is not my job. But it is whatever. I go out there and just do my job, which is to take up some double teams and make plays when I have to."

Nix spoke with the media for the first time in about a month Wednesday, and he said it was because he was trying to keep everything else in order as he works toward graduating at the end of the semester.

"Just to get my mind right," said Nix, who is on target to graduate this year. "Just a lot of stuff at home, lot of stuff with school, I'm trying to get out of here by December. Just getting my work in order, it wasn't … I miss you guys. It wasn't anything against you guys."

For more on Nix and Notre Dame's defensive line, read Thursday's Journal Gazette.

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