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Notre Dame safety honored for excellence off the field

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore Drue Tranquill awaits his next play during a game against Michigan State in September at Notre Dame Stadium. (By Gannon Burgett for The News-Sentinel)
Notre Dame redshirt sophomore Drue Tranquill awaits his next play during a game against Michigan State in September at Notre Dame Stadium. (By Gannon Burgett for The News-Sentinel)
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Drue Tranquill has been a positive influence on and off of the football field since arriving at Notre Dame three years ago and his impact continued to resonate Thursday with his latest honor.

The redshirt sophomore safety was named as a member of the 2016 Academic All-America Division I Football Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

It is the first time Tranquill has received the honor and he becomes the first Notre Dame player to be honored since wide receiver Corey Robinson earned first-team accolades in 2014.

The Carroll High School graduate started all 12 games at safety for the Irish this season and led the Fighting Irish team with 52 solo tackles. He ranked second in total tackles with 79, while also adding a pair of pass breakups, two tackles for loss and one interception.

His 79 stops this season fall just outside of the top-10 single-season tackle totals for an Irish defensive back.

Tranquill returned to the starting lineup in 2016 after season-ending ACL injuries in both 2014 and 2015, his most productive outing was against Syracuse in October where he registered a career-high 13 tackles in the win.

Tranquill added a 10-tackle performance in November, along with an interception, in a narrow defeat against Virginia Tech.

He is enrolled in the College of Engineering as a mechanical engineering major and has a 3.74 grade-point average. Tranquill has been on the Dean's List two of four semesters at Notre Dame and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 2015.

In addition, Tranquill is also a 2016 Wuerffel Trophy and Lott Trophy candidate. He is involved in numerous off-the-field community service programs, including serving as a mentor for the Core Leadership Team for Lifeworks Ministry, is a member of Notre Dame Christian Athletes, Team Fellowship, AWP Sports in Fort Wayne, and is an athlete ambassador for Dream Teams.

Tranquill also is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Rosenthal Leadership Academy.

This season, 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.

He becomes the 60th Notre Dame player to earn Academic All-America honors. The 60 all-time citations are third only to Nebraska and Penn State.

To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic status at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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