Drue Tranquill - Notre Dame - Linebacker


  • A mechanical engineering major and 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American, Tranquill has a 3.73 grade-point average and has been named to the University’s Dean’s List in three of his six semesters at Notre Dame.

  • He was the first Notre Dame player to receive Academic All-America honors since Corey Robinson earned first-team accolades in 2014.

  • Tranquill’s the 60th Notre Dame player to earn Academic All-America honors. He was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 2015.


  • Tranquill changed positions this past offseason, moving from safety to linebacker. He is tied for the Irish lead in tackles for loss with 4.5 and ranks fourth on the squad with 34 tackles.

  • Tranquill, who has started all six games this year, has added a sack, interception, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

  • Started all 12 games at safety for the Irish in 2016. He led the team with 52 solo tackles and ranked second in total tackles with 79.

  • Added two pass breakups, two tackles for loss and one interception. His 79 stops last season fall just outside of the top-10 single-season tackle totals for an Irish defensive back. Glenn Earl (2002) and Brian Magee (1994) are tied for 10th with 81 tackles.

  • Last season, Tranquill registered a career-high 13 tackles in Notre Dame’s 50-33 rout of Syracuse and recorded 10 tackles and an interception against Virginia Tech.

  • Tranquill, a Notre Dame captain in 2017, returned to the starting lineup in 2016 after season-ending ACL injuries in both 2014 and 2015.

Community Service

  • Mentor for the Core Leadership Team for Lifeworks Ministry

  • Member of Notre Dame Christian Athletes

  • Team Fellowship

  • AWP Sports in his native Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Athlete ambassador for Dream Teams

  • Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Rosenthal Leadership Academy.

  • Last season, Tranquill launched the “5th Quarter” post-game event, giving him the opportunity to share his story of perseverance with the South Bend community at the Granger Oasis Church.


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