Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill out for the season

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

A torn knee ligament has prematurely ended Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill’s football season for the second year in a row.

The 6-2, 225-pound sophomore — a key player in ND’s niche defensive packages — suffered a torn ACL in his right knee late in the first half of Notre Dame’s 30-22 victory over Georgia Tech, Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed Sunday that Tranquill suffered the injury, not knocking away a Tech pass in the end zone, but when he jumped up to celebrate with a teammate. He's expected to undergo surgery in approximately two weeks.

He was making his first start of the season, and had four tackles, including two for loss. He was replaced by grad Matthias Farley.

“I don’t know what to say anymore,” said Kelly, who has lost five starters and now Tranquill to season-ending injuries since mid-August.

Tranquill played in 11 games with three starts in 2014 as a true freshman before suffering an ACL tear to his left knee.

“Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, b/c you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance #DailyDose,” Tranquill tweeted Sunday on his Twitter account.

Notre Dame's Drue Tranquill (23) exits the field on crutches after suffering a knee injury during the 30-22 Irish win over Georgia Tech on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)