The interior (OG, C) offensive line is featured in today's practice report for Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
CAREER: One of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on the 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever are the others) ... has played in 23 career games, including 22 over the last two seasons ... versatile member of offensive line that provides depth on interior and shown the ability to slide outside to tackle if needed ... valuable member of Irish special teams units.
2010 (SENIOR): Played in all 13 games as a reserve lineman and special- teams member ... the Irish offensive line allowed 20 sacks over their 13 games in 2010, which averaged out to 1.54 sacks per game ... Notre Dame had not allowed fewer sacks per game since 1998 when the Irish allowed only nine sacks in 11 games or 0.82 per game ... totaled 51 snaps on offense.
2009 (JUNIOR): Saw action in 11 games during 2009 campaign (did not play against Boston College) as reserve offensive lineman and on special teams ... played primarily as reserve offensive guard ... received 106:56 of playing time and made 154 special-teams appearances ... ranked sixth on team in special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in three games (Navy, Washington, and Hawai'i) as a reserve offensive guard ... logged 15:27 of playing time and three special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not see playing time as a reserve offensive lineman in his first season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. with future teammate Golden Tate ... named to the all-Metro first-team offense by the Washington Post after helping the Bulldogs rush for over 3,000 yards as a senior ... ranked the second-best offensive lineman in Virginia and ninth best overall player in the state by the Roanoke Times ... rated the ninth- best prospect in Virginia and 22nd-best offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated the 18th-best interior lineman in the country by Tom Lemming ... Scout.com lists him as the 52nd-best offensive tackle in the country and the 20th-best prospect in Virginia ... named to the 2006 all- Metro team by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. ... rated 87th-best player in the East in the preseason by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... as a senior, blocked for a running back that shattered the school record with 1,744 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns ... high school started 10-0 before falling in the Group AAA Northern Region Division 5 championship this past season ... helped his high school reach the Group AAA Division 5 championship game as a junior ... played for coach Mickey Thompson at Stone Bridge ... son of Michael and Andrea Nuss ... born Dec. 7, 1988 ... first-team all-state Associated Press ... first-team all-state coaches poll ... graduated from Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance and now enrolled in graduate studies program.