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RETURN TO GLORY: From Carroll to the Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (WPTA21) – Drue Tranquill has reached the end of a long, winding journey with the Fighting Irish football team.

Coming up through Carroll High school, Tranquill excelled in several different roles, and racked up all sorts of awards, including ABC21’s Player of the Year.

In February of 2014, this local star officially joined his new team.

“It’s a huge relief,” Tranquill said, after signing with Notre Dame. “It’s a weight off your shoulder, just to be able to sign that dotted line and know where you’re going to be for the next chapter of your life.”

Tranquill faced a lot of obstacles throughout his college career, and although he was slowed down at times, nothing ever stopped his pursuit of greatness, both in games and in passions completely unrelated to football.

Now that his collegiate playing days are almost over, the Fighting Irish will soon have to deal with a reality that doesn’t include one of their strongest leaders.

“He will be irreplaceable as it relates to having a sergeant that passes on all those orders and makes sure they get done,” said Brian Kelly, Notre Dame head coach.

Tranquill’s at peace with the end of this chapter in his life, but he’s not rushing to close the book just yet.

“The story’s still being written,” Tranquill said, “and we’ve got a big chapter to write on Saturday.

Saturday Tranquill and the Fighting Irish take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl, vying for a bid to the National Championship Game.

Zach Groth

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