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  • Associated Press Defensive coordinator Mike Elko has been instrumental in helping turn around Notre Dame this season.  

Thursday, November 09, 2017 2:50 am

Notebook: Mike Elko on Broyles Award list

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko has been nominated for the 2017 Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.

Notre Dame's defense, which struggled for three years prior to the arrival of Elko from Wake Forest, is now ranked 50th in the 130-team FBS in yards allowed and 17th in the FBS in points allowed.

The five finalists for the Broyles Award will be announced this month, while the winner will be revealed on Dec. 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tranquill undecided: Fort Wayne native Drue Tranquill is on track to graduate in December with a degree in mechanical engineering. The Carroll grad is considering leaving Notre Dame instead of using his final season of eligibility. Tranquill played in 11 games as a freshman in 2014, three in 2015, 12 in 2016 and all nine so far this year. Because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, 2015 could be a redshirt year, which would extend Tranquill's career through 2018 if he chooses.

"Those decisions will be made in December and January," Tranquill said. "I'm just focusing on finishing up here and finishing this season."

Cool for school: Based on the Graduation Success Rate calculated by the NCAA, Notre Dame's diploma rate of 96 percent is the highest of any team in the top 10 of the latest rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Headaches: Josh Adams said he was dealing with headaches last week. They caused Notre Dame's starting running back to miss the final three quarters of last Saturday's 48-37 win over Wake Forest.

"Headaches cleared up going into halftime," Adams said. "I think at that moment we were already up by a fair margin so I guess they just thought it was safer just to play it safe rather than continuing to play football, I guess. Just minor headaches. It was a rough week for me as far as papers and getting enough sleep and really taking care of my body."