Drue Tranquill - Notre Dame - Linebacker

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

Drue Tranquill, a College of Engineering graduate, made the Dean’s List five of his eight semesters and is an Academic All-American. Tranquill was a Wuerffel Trophy finalist in 2017 and he continues to serve. He is a mentor for the Core Leadership Team for Lifeworks Ministry, Team Member on the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and is an ambassador for Dream Teams.


  • Tranquill is a 2018 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist

  • A 2018 graduate from the College of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering and 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American

  • Tranquill finished his undergraduate coursework with a 3.734 grade-point average and was been named to the University’s Dean’s List in five of his eight 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 and 2017.


  • Notre Dame captain (2018, 2017)

  • Butkus Award Watch List (2018)

  • Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (2018)

  • Lott Trophy Watch List (2018)

  • Wuerffel Trophy Finalist (2017)

  • Pop Warner College Football Award Finalist (2017)

  • Senior CLASS Award Nominee (2018, 2017)

  • Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year: Defense (2014)

  • National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist (2018)


Tranquill is involved in numerous off-the-field community service programs. He serves as a mentor for the Core Leadership Team for Lifeworks Ministry, is a member of Notre Dame Christian Athletes, Team Fellowship, AWP Sports in his native Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is an athlete ambassador for Dream Teams. He is a also member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Rosenthal Leadership Academy.

  • In 2016, 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

  • Study Abroad, Israel – Studied at Tantur via Notre Dame’s Jerusalem Global Gateway Program, summer 2016

  • Team Leader, Here for Kids International – Mission Trip: Dominican Republic, March 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Team Member, Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), February 2015-2017

  • Football Team Representative, Rosenthal Leadership Academy, Fall 2015-2017

  • Member, Pi Tau Sigma – Mechanical Engineering Honors Society at Notre Dame, Fall 2016

  • Intern, ARCO & Murray, Downers Grove, IL July 2016

  • Shadowed VP Joe Pomerenke – included on site experience at multi-family housing projects in Chicago area, sitting in on project manager update meetings, and learning project management skills.

  • Completed a Takeoff – project estimate (cost, materials, design, etc.) – for a Warehouse project, which ARCO needed in order to present a bid to the investors seeking ARCO’s services.

  • Google Bold Discovery, Google, New York City, NY June 2015 - Worked alongside Google employees and other accomplishing students studying at other prestigious Universities such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, and the Wharton Business School - Took classes in Marketing, Partnerships, Personal Branding and Yoga.

  • Food Bank of Northern Indiana

  • Center For the Homeless

  • St. Mary's College Dance Marathon benefiting Riley Hospital for Children

  • Food Bank of Northern IndianA

  • Washington High School speaking/mentor event

  • Special Olympics Football Clinic

  • South Bend Boys & Girls Club

  • Shop-With-A-Player

  • Fighting Irish Fight For Life


Why was the Wuerffel Trophy created?  We felt that there was a void in major college football awards. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best when he wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?”


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