Drue Tranquill
Tranquill in 2019
No. 49 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1995-08-15) August 15, 1995 (age 25)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Carroll
(Fort Wayne, Indiana)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Total tackles:76
Sacks:0
Pass deflections:1
Interceptions:0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Drue Tranquill (born August 15, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame.

Early years

Tranquill attended Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a senior in 2013, Tranquill made 75 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, to go with four sacks and an interception as a linebacker. He added 1,420 yards and 28 touchdowns on 114 carries on the ground as a running back, along with 16 receptions for 348 yards and five touchdowns.[1] Tranquill was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, and received offers from several major programs, mostly in the Big Ten Conference.[2][3] He verbally committed to Purdue University to play college football, but later decommitted and ultimately signed with the University of Notre Dame.[4] Tranquill's younger brother, Justin, plays safety for Western Michigan University,[5] while youngest brother Ethan plays middle school football.

College career

As a true freshman at Notre Dame in 2014, Tranquill played in 11 games with three starts and recorded 33 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.[1] He played in three games as a sophomore in 2015, with one start, but was lost for the season due to a torn ACL suffered while celebrating after breaking up a pass against Georgia Tech on September 19. He collected a medical redshirt for the 2015 season, and was able to play as a graduate student during the 2018 season as a result.[6] As a junior in 2016, Tranquill started all 12 games for the Irish, tallying 79 tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception.[1] During Tranquill's senior year in 2017, he finished the year with 85 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, four passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble while starting all 13 games.[1] At the end of the 2017 season, Tranquill announced that he would return for a 5th year as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering for the 2018-19 season.[7]

Awards and honors

Professional career

Tranquill was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team as a special teamer in 2019.

Tranquill entered 2020 as a starting middle linebacker. In Week 1, he suffered a broken ankle and was placed on injured reserve on September 15, 2020.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Drue Tranquill Notre Dame Player Profile". December 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Vitovitch, Frank. "Drue Tranquill Commits to Notre Dame". UHND.
  3. ^ "Drue Tranquill Recruiting Profile". 247Sports.
  4. ^ Donohue, Tyler. "Notre Dame Flips 4-Star Ex-Big Ten Commit". Bleacher Report.
  5. ^ "Justin Tranquill - Football". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Farmer, Douglas. "Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 23 Drue Tranquill, rover". NBC Sports.
  7. ^ Ray, Olivia. "Drue Tranquill Will Return in 2018". WSBT.
  8. ^ "2016 Academic All-Americans Announced".
  9. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Announces 2017 Finalists". All Sports Association.
  10. ^ a b "Drue Tranquills Work Rewarded". Journal Gazette. December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Tranquill becomes the 18th National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete in school history".
  12. ^ Henne, Ricky (April 27, 2019). "Chargers Kick Off Day Three With Notre Dame LB Drue Tranquill". Chargers.com.
  13. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Promote Asmar Bilal to Active Roster; Place Drue Tranquill on Injured Reserve". Chargers.com. September 15, 2020.