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  • Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (2017) 
  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American (2016)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2015)
  • Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year: Defense (2014)


  • All-purpose yards: -2, Louisville, Nov. 22, 2014
  • Interceptions: 1, 2x, last vs. Virginia Tech, Nov. 19, 2016
  • Tackles: 13, vs. Syracuse, Oct. 1, 2016 (3-10)
  • Sacks: 0.5, Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014 (0-1)
  • Tackles for loss: 2.0, vs. Georgia Tech, Sept. 19, 2015 (2-0)
  • Fumbles recovered: 1, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014
  • Pass breakups: 1, 4x, last at USC, Nov. 26, 2016
  • Blocked kicks: 1, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014


  • Started all 12 games for the Irish
  • Second on the team in tackles with 79, including 52 solo stops
  • Added two TFLs, two PBUs, one quarterback hurry and one interception
  • Registered a career-high 13 tackles against Syracuse (Oct. 1)
  • Recorded double digit tackles on one other occasion: Virginia Tech (8-2)
  • Registered at least two tackles in all 12 games
  • Recorded two TFLs including a career-best three vs. Miami, Fla. (Oct. 29)
  • Collected a career-best two sacks against the Hurricanes, as well as tallying sacks vs. Duke and Syracuse.
  • Recovered a fumble at NC State (Oct. 8)


  • Played in each of the first three games with a start against option-oriented Georgia Tech (Sept. 19), but was lost for the season due to a torn ACL suffered after breaking up a pass in the end zone against the Yellow Jackets
  • Made four tackles, all solo stops, including two TFLs with a pass breakup in the first half prior to the injury
  • Collected two tackles against Texas (Sept. 5) and three, including a half TFL, at Virginia (Sept. 12)


  • Played in 11 regular-season games and started three (Navy, Northwestern and Louisville)
  • Suffered a torn ACL vs. Louisville (Nov. 22) and missed the rest of the season.
  • Saw the majority of his action for the Irish in a number of their third-down and other sub packages
  • One of five true freshmen (Greer Martini, Nyles Morgan, Andrew Trumbetti and Grant Blankenship) to register at least 10 tackles
  • One of six true freshmen (Martini, Morgan, Trumbetti, Blankenship and Daniel Cage) on defense who played in at least 11 games
  • One of four true freshmen (Martini, Morgan and Trumbetti) to start on defense
  • Registered 33 tackles, one TFL, half a sack, one interception, one fumble recovery, one blocked bunt, one pass defended and one quarterback hurry
  • One of 10 Irish freshmen who made his career debut in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30)
  • Registered three tackles against the Owls 
  • Recorded a pair of tackles, including a half sack, in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6)
  • Took the most snaps of his Irish career in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13)
  • Registered a career-best four tackles against the Boilermakers • Picked up an assisted tackle in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27)
  • Blocked a punt against No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4), the first blocked punt for the Irish since 2010
  • Made two solo tackles against the Cardinal
  • Had three assisted tackles against North Carolina (Oct. 11)
  • Split a tackle for loss against the Tar Heels and hurried a pass 
  • Played at No. 2 Florida State but did not make any tackles 
  • Registered a career-high five tackles, all solo stops, in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1)
  • Made a single tackle in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State
  • Registered seven tackles, including four solo stops, and recovered one fumble in his second career start vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15)
  • Credited with five tackles against Louisville (Nov. 22) and made his first career interception • Injured his knee on the interception return


  • Rated as 171st best player nationally by
  • Named to Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 for 2013
  • First-team Indiana Class 6A all-state at linebacker by Associated Press
  • Named Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year for 2013
  • Made 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, to go with four sacks and an interception as a senior linebacker in 2013 at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Carried 114 times for 1,420 yards and 28 TDs while averaging 12.3 yards per carry
  • Caught 16 passes for 348 yards and five TDs in 2013 and also threw 29-yard TD pass
  • Helped Carroll to 9-3 campaign in 2013 in its first season in Indiana Class 6A and spot in playoff semifinals
  • Pushed Carroll to two straight state sectional titles in 2012 and `13.
  • Rushed for 245 yards and five TDs in one 51-34 victory in 2013 against Homestead
  • Named to Fort Wayne News Sentinel all-area team as a senior as a running back
  • Participated in U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine as junior
  • Honorable mention Associated Press Class 5A all-state pick as junior in 2012 at defensive back
  • Also an outstanding baseball player 
  • Named to Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 2013 all-area baseball squad after hitting .403 with four home runs, 21 runs scored, 19 RBI and 16 stolen bases
  • Enrolled in the College of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering


Drue Tranquill
Drue  Tranquill

Graduate Student

Fort Wayne, IN

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Height / Weight:
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