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    Fighting Irish Digital Media intern Josh Flynt ('11) continues to provide the inside scoop on the Notre Dame football program.

    Though he played for the Trojans in high school, freshman Nick Martin decided to be Irish in college. The 6-foot-5, 280 lb. offensive lineman is the younger brother of junior Zack Martin, the team's starting left tackle. The Martin brothers played for Bishop Chatard, a Catholic high school in the suburban northeast of Indianapolis.

    After an initial verbal commitment to Kentucky, his father's alma mater, the younger Martin changed his mind and decided to join his brother in South Bend. While at Chatard, Martin played basketball and started on both the offensive and defensive lines for football. In 2010, he helped lead the Trojans to the Indiana Class 3A state title, with a victory over one of South Bend's own, St. Joseph's.

    After yesterday's practice, I had a chance to speak with Nick about his experiences at Notre Dame thus far.

    I decided to attend the University of Notre Dame because ...
    The people.

    The thing I have enjoyed most about Notre Dame thus far is...
    The football family - the environment of the team, in the locker room especially, off the field and on the field. It's competitive on the field and off the field everyone's really close.

    Something interesting about me that people might not know is...
    I was born in Kansas City.

    The thing I miss most about being away at school is...
    Friends back home.

    Over the next four years at Notre Dame, I am most looking forward to...
    Competing in big games.

    Thoughts about returning close to home and playing Purdue...
    Joe Holland, one of their linebackers, was a running back on our high school team when I was in eighth grade. I'm excited to head back there. All my buddies at Purdue are going to the game, so I'll get to see them.

    Getting to know Nick Martin...
    Dorm: Alumni
    Favorite class: Microeconomics
    Intended major: Business
    Best dining hall food: omelettes
    Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption
    Favorite song: "Eight Second Ride" by Jake Owen
    Favorite sport other than football: Basketball
    Favorite athlete while growing up: my older brothers, Josh and Zach
    Favorite professional team: Indianapolis Colts

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