​Notre Dame linebacker and captain Drue Tranquill has taken home the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy, which recognizes exemplary community service combined with athletic and academic achievement. 


The Wuerffel Trophy is widely regarded as the premier ​college football award for community service, academic excellence, leadership and on-field play.

His list of services is a mouthful: 

1. He served as a member of the Core Leadership Team for Lifeworks Ministry 

2. Member of ND's Christian Athletes and Team Fellowship.

3. Athlete ambassador for Dream Teams. 

4. Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Rosenthal Leadership Academy. 

5. Created the "5th Quarter" post-game event, where he shared his story of perseverance at the Granger Oasis Church in South Bend. 

Congratulations to all other contestants for participating but this was Tranquill's award to win. What a tremendous honor for the ND captain. 


We're not downplaying how important community service and giving back is to Tranquill, but we assume that he'll likely take this award with a grain of salt if his ​Fighting Irish don't at least defeat Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.