Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2021

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30 AUGUST 2021 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY TYLER HORKA Z eke Correll was quite literally born into the heat of competition. Eighteen years after Steve and Lisa Correll had their first child, Sarah, they had their last, Zeke. In between, the Correll family grew by seven children, four of which were boys. The youngest of five brothers, Zeke learned from an early age noth- ing would be handed to him. Absolutely nothing. "Our whole family is competitive, and Zeke hated — hated — to lose," Steve Correll said. "They wouldn't give him any slack. They'd go out to play hoops, they'd beat him and he'd start crying. They wouldn't let him win. And this was every day." The consolation of getting his teeth kicked in — not literally, of course, un- less it was an accident — on the daily? "It made him better," Lisa Correll said. It made him good enough to be the SINK OR SWIM The youngest of nine children, Zeke Correll is prepared to take on his new offensive line role Correll, a Cincinnati native, is viewed as the likely starter at center for the Irish entering his junior season. He brings a ultra- competitive mindset honed by growing up in a family of athletes. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

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