Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame:

Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame: Yes, Manti Te'o was the Heisman Trophy finalist. And, yes, Manti Te'o would tell you that he's not a Heisman Trophy finalist without the dominating performance of the defensive line in front of him. And in that he means Nix and Tuitt, the nose guard and defensive end who are trending toward first-round NFL draft slots in 2014. Nix was unmovable at the point of the defense, recording 5.5 tackles-for-loss. Tuitt emerged as a freak in full with 12 sacks on the season. Their ascendancy powered an Irish defense that desperately needed a strong performance up front to compensate for inexperience on the back end.
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( LUCY NICHOLSON, REUTERS / November 25, 2012 )

Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame: Yes, Manti Te'o was the Heisman Trophy finalist. And, yes, Manti Te'o would tell you that he's not a Heisman Trophy finalist without the dominating performance of the defensive line in front of him. And in that he means Nix and Tuitt, the nose guard and defensive end who are trending toward first-round NFL draft slots in 2014. Nix was unmovable at the point of the defense, recording 5.5 tackles-for-loss. Tuitt emerged as a freak in full with 12 sacks on the season. Their ascendancy powered an Irish defense that desperately needed a strong performance up front to compensate for inexperience on the back end.

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