UND Roster

2018-19 Football Roster

#23 Drue Tranquill


Height 6'2''
Weight 235 lbs.
Class Graduate Student
Hometown Fort Wayne, IN
High School Carroll


  • Notre Dame captain (2018, 2017)
  • William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist (2018)
  • National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award (2018)
  • Wuerffel Trophy Recipient (2018)
  • Butkus Award Watch List (2018)
  • Lott Trophy Watch List (2018)
  • CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American (2018)
  • Senior Bowl Participant (2018)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Wuerffel Trophy Finalist (2017)
  • Rockne Student-Athlete Award (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Pop Warner College Football Award Finalist (2017)
  • Senior CLASS Award Nominee (2017)
  • CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American (2016)
  • Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year: Defense (2014)


  • Third on the team with 75 tackles while adding 9.0 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, three break-ups and two QB hurries
  • Started 11 of 12 games (did not start, but played at Northwestern due to an ankle injury suffered versus Navy)
  • Broke-up two passes in win over No. 7 Stanford after fracturing hand in first half (has played with a cast since)
  • Had two sacks in win over No. 12 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium
  • Tied a season high with nine tackles and recovered a fumble in the road win over USC


  • Played in and started all 13 games
  • In first season at linebacker after converting from safety, totaled 85 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, four passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble
  • Third on the team in solo tackles (44), assisted tackles (41) and total tackles
  • Led the team in fumble recoveries
  • Second on the team in TFLs
  • Spearheaded a Notre Dame defense that improved by at least 20 spots in the FBS rankings in third down conversion percentage, interceptions, rushing defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers gained
  • Irish were the last team in the FBS to surrender more than 20 points in a game (Irish allowed 20 points or less over each of their first eight games)
  • Notre Dame allowed only four plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • The Irish allowed only one play of 50 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • Part of a linebacker group (which also included Te’von Coney, Nyles Morgan and Greer Martini) that all registered at least 75 tackles—a first in school history.
  • Recorded a season-best 11 tackles in the 21-17 victory over No. 17 LSU in the 2018 Citrus Bowl
  • Registered two TFLs and a quarterback hurry against the Tigers
  • Recorded a TFL in eight of Notre Dame’s 13 games
  • Made six tackles with one sack and one PBU at Michigan State (Sept. 23)
  • Registered seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble at North Carolina (Oct. 7)
  • Recorded seven tackles, including five solo stops, one TFL, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry against USC (Oct. 21)
  • Made seven tackles with one for loss, half a sack and a PBU against NC State (Oct. 28)
  • Registered eight tackles against both Miami, Fla. (Nov. 11) and Navy (Nov. 18)


  • 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 Scout.com
  • 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
  • Married the former Jackie Gindt on July 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne
  • Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering