The injury bug has bitten Notre Dame yet again. This time its victim was Drue Tranquill, a sophomore safety making his first start against Georgia Tech according to the Associated Press. ESPN reported that Tranquill, who tore the ACL in his left knee last November, injured his right knee late in the first half after he broke up a deep pass in the end zone. Tranquill then did a celebratory leaping chest bump with teammate Joe Schmidt, and when Tranquill landed he grabbed his right knee.
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“His screams could be heard on the broadcast for a few seconds before the cameras cut away, and he was seen fighting back tears while surrounded by Notre Dame coaches and trainers shortly after. There is no diagnosis as of yet, but based on Tranquill’s reaction, and the fact it came without contact, leads one to fear for the worst,” Tom Fornelli from CBS Sports said in his report.
Tranquill entered Saturday’s contest with five tackles and a pass defended in the first two games of the season. He had 33 tackles and an interception in 11 games as a freshman in 2014 according to the report from CBS Sports.
CBS Sports reports that Notre Dame has lost five starters during the course of this very young season. The Fighting Irish lost starting quarterback Malik Zaire last week against Virginia, and in their season opener against Texas they lost starting running back Tarean Folston. Earlier this week, Notre Dame announced that Durham Smythe would miss the rest of the season and defensive tackle Jarron Jones and cornerback Shaun Crawford were injured over the summer. Tranquill becomes the sixth member of the team to be hit with an injury this season.
The AP reports that Tranquill returned to the sidelines on crutches and with his right leg in a very big brace during Notre Dame’s 30-22 win over Georgia Tech.