Louis Nix steals the show with a 3-yard run into the end zone.
By Rachel Terlep
Posted on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.
| Updated on April 20, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.
NOTRE DAME — Louis Nix saw the fear in Kendall Moore's eyes.
So Nix can't blame Moore for spinning away as the 347-pound nose guard barreled toward him.
“I would have moved out of my way too,” Nix said. “I wouldn't want to tackle me. Would you?”
In a “Whose Line is it Anyway?” style of game — “where everything is made up and the points don't matter” — the most thrilling moment of an otherwise vanilla scrimmage came when Nix thundered into the end zone on a quarterback keeper for a two-point conversion following the game's only touchdown.
Head coach Brian Kelly said the two made a bet about something academically.
If Kelly won, Nix would have to play for 67 plays. If Nix won, Kelly had to design an offensive package for him.
“He's a great personality and the guys got a kick out of it,” Kelly said. “I thought it was a great way to finish up the spring.”
Nix lined up in a shotgun formation after freshman quarterback Malik Zaire hit receiver CJ Prosise for the only touchdown of the day. Nix dropped back to pass before eventually powering across the goal line through a defense that didn't look too keen on stopping him.
“My intentions were just to truck somebody,” Nix said. “I didn't care about the touchdown too much. I just wanted to run somebody over. My intentions were to show Coach (Kelly) that I could do it, and hopefully we established that.”
Receiver TJ Jones doesn't blame the defense for parting like the Red Sea.
“I would have let him score,” he said. “I wouldn't have hurt myself.”
Nix says he has further appreciation for quarterbacks after facing the open field himself.
“I was supposed to throw the ball but we haven't actually conditioned me to read defenses yet, so I just ran it,” he said.
Nix hopes the “Irish Chocolate package,” based on his nickname and Twitter handle, will be implemented into Notre Dame's playbook.
He's already got the intimidation factor going for him.
“Everybody needs to be scared of Irish Chocolate,” he said. “Including you.”
While Nix's offensive debut stole the show, the actual Notre Dame offense looked mostly flat.
In what quarterback Everett Golson called an “off day,” the offense faced scoring troubles reminiscent of last season. Even though the offense scored 43 points under the Blue-Gold scoring system, Notre Dame didn't score a touchdown until the fourth quarter.
Kelly insists there's not much to look into there, saying that the team wasn't running any kind of game plan or red-zone offense.
“I think if there's anything I would like to do better, is to make certain that we don't fall back into some of the mistakes we made last year,” Kelly said, “And I thought we, at times, we fell back into some of the mistakes we made last year offensively.”
Golson finished 6-of-13 for 98 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. George Atkinson III rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries. DaVaris Daniels led receivers with three catches for 48 yards.
Jones, like Golson, says the game was not indicative of how the offense has done so far this spring.
“I think up to this point, we've executed a lot better than we did today,” Jones said. “I'm not sure what the difference was. Whether it was the atmosphere or us just having an off day on offense, but we definitely didn't execute how we have this spring.”
Notre Dame has all summer to tighten up its offense.
And if all else fails, there's a hulking piece of Irish Chocolate waiting for a place in the wildcat.