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Drue Tranquill Uses Role as Captain to Instill Confidence in the Team

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SOUTH BEND, IND.
Day in, day out. Consistency is the mantra for Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill, a mantra which also provides a lofty goal for a team coming off a season plagued by quick starts fizzling to last-minute losses.

With a name like Tranquill, what else could be expected?

After Notre Dame beat Temple to open the season, echoes of the “traits” that coach Brian Kelly said characterized the new era of Notre Dame football rang throughout South Bend, only to be dampened by the one-point loss to Georgia a week later. It was a one-possession loss after seven of them last season.

Still, Kelly says that this year is different. And Tranquill agrees.

“A lot of guys can sulk in the fact that we lost and we lost the way that we did, and guys’ minds can drift back to last year when we lost a lot of close games,” Tranquill said. “I think a captain’s job is to bring people back to the present moment, make them trust their training and make them realize what we’ve done to get to this point.”

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