2016 Nebraska Profile: Tanner Farmer

A look at redshirt sophomore offensive guard Tanner Farmer.


Position: OG 

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/295-pounds

High School: Highland (Illinois)

Year: Redshirt sophomore

2015 recap

Farmer did not register any game appearances as a redshirt freshman, logging time on the third-team offensive line. His time as a wrestler in the offseason might have been more beneficial to his football career than the football season. Farmer dropped weight and posted a 5-1 record as a Husker wrestler.

2016 preview: 

After dropping 40 pounds in the offseason, mostly due to wrestling, Farmer looked like a different man in March and April. Or at least like he did coming out of high school in 2014. A guy who made noise early in the spring, the redshirt sophomore appears to be in line for a starting spot this fall opposite of fellow redshirt sophomore D.J. Foster.

“He’s got a chance to start,” said offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh in March. “That isn’t up to me. It’s like that Missouri license play – show me. Everyday they have a chance to show me.

“He’s moving better than a year ago. A year ago he was thinking a lot, which can make you methodical, but I also thought he was heavy. He’s moving like a different guy with the body he has now.” 

Farmer hopes to stay around 295 pounds, but plans to continue to cut fat for muscle. During the spring and fall he will strictly focus on football. During the other portions of the offseason, he will also continue to wrestle. From the looks of it, it won’t hurt his game this summer.

How he ended up in Lincoln:  Farmer committed to Nebraska over the summer heading into his senior year, picking the Huskers over schools like Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota after blowing up at "The Opening." If he would have let his recruitment go longer, it's likely he would have received a dozen more offers.

An Under Armour All-American, Farmer impressed Big Red Report in Orlando, more than holding his own against quite a few four-star defensive linemen. 

Farmer was an All-State wrestler, winning the Class 2A Illinois state title two times and was a nationally ranked heavyweight his senior year.

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