Injuries don't stop Drue Tranquill from playing on Saturdays

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Irish might be 11-0, but this season hasn't necessarily been smooth sailing for one member of the Notre Dame defense.

Irish linebacker Drue Tranquill has had his fair share of injuries this season. He's played with a broken hand, suffered a high ankle sprain against Navy and was helped off the field twice against Syracuse.

Despite all of his bumps and bruises, Tranquill makes it a point to play every Saturday because he knows he has a chance to leave a mark on this memorable Notre Dame season.

"You're not going to get to feel 100 percent," Tranquill said. "It's really just a mindset. You do all of your rehab during the week. At the end of the day, ballers got to ball on game day and you've got to go and the guys and teams that don't, they end up getting to watch in December and January. The teams that do, they get to play for something special."

"[Tranquil] is a great guy," Irish center Sam Mustipher said. "We came in together so I have seen him. We have grown up alongside each other so I know all of the things he's gone through, the adversity he's fought through to see where he is now he absolutely deserves it."