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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #23 Drue Tranquill

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Drue Tranquill is up next in the player profile series.

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By now, all fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish know who #23 Drue Tranquill is. The senior has played and started in each of the last three seasons. Drue Tranquill stands at 6’2 and weighs in at 230 lbs. He is a home state boy as he is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has played strong safety each of the last three years but that could be subject to change this year.

In 2014, his true freshman season, he played in the first 11 games with 3 starts. His season was cut one game short when he suffered a torn ACL against Louisville. The cool story about this is that he finished playing the 1st half before realizing it was torn. He finished the season with 33 tackles and 1 interception. His season was also cut short in 2015 when he tore his other ACL during a celebration in the 3rd game of the season against Georgia Tech. This past season saw Tranquill play his first full season. He started every game in 2016. He recorded 79 tackles and 1 interception.

Three Things To Know About Drue Tranquill:

  1. He is not only smart on the field, but also off the field as he is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  2. He was also an outstanding high school baseball player. He hit .403 with 4 HR and 21 RBI’s his senior year.
  3. He originally committed to Purdue before landing an offer from Notre Dame.

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2017 Outlook:

Drue Tranquill will be on the field a lot in 2017. He is expected to switch positions from his safety spot, over to the rover position. This is a hybrid safety linebacker position that is in Mike Elko’s new defense. This seems to fit Tranquill perfectly. He is better at playing closer to the line of scrimmage and making tackles on running backs. He struggles with straight line speed and covering receivers deep down field. This could be a standout season in the new position. An early prediction I am willing to make is that Drue Tranquill will be Notre Dame’s defensive MVP in the new position. It seems to be made perfectly for him. We should expect big things from the senior captain in 2017.