Nebraska HC Mike Riley Excited to Land Former Tulane QB Tanner Lee

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley knew of former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee before Nebraska even became a possibility. Where did Riley hear about the former Louisiana prep? From a NFL scout.

Nebraska accepted 19 National Letter of Intents on Wednesday to go along with their two early enrollees. 

In addition, the University announced D-1 transfers - this includes former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee. 

“I really like this get," said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley "This was a call from a friend that basically knew the family and knew the situation that was starting to unfold at Tulane. New coach, new staff, with a major option football background. This guy, a passer, more of a drop back mode, had been very productive. I had actually heard about this guy from pro scouts that had been down to see him five months ago, not even knowing, strangely, that this thing was going to end up as a possibility of happening for Nebraska just in the last few weeks. So, as this thing took place, I had already just had knowledge of it, we had real knowledge of it through Keith Williams who had been there with him, and then we had the video. And then, we did not sign a guy last year so in a way, we’ve got a young guy in Patrick (O’Brien) and we’ve got a maybe intermediate guy in Tanner. He will not be eligible this year, he for sure has a year with the possibility that he is going to appeal for a second year we won’t know about for awhile. So he’s in the middle of that. Either way we are excited about it, it provides us more competition in a transition period after Tommy (Armstrong Jr.) graduates, we’ll have a very good young player in Patrick (O’Brien), we have the guys that are currently in the program, and we’ve added Tanner to that picture who has played in games and been productive. I think he is a very talented guy and so I think our quarterback picture really was improved with him deciding to come.”

A 19-game starter at Tulane, the quarterback threw 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in two seasons as a starter. His team only went 3-9 in 2015, but the talent across the board wasn’t that of a Nebraska. 

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