2017 Nebraska Profile: Tanner Lee

A look at Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee heading into the 2017 season.


Year: Redshirt Junior

2016 Review:

Quarterback Tanner Lee sat out the 2016 football season after transferring to Nebraska from Tulane. At Tulane, Lee was a 19-game starter and threw for 23 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and just over 3,600 yards for the Green Wave.

At the time of Lee’s commitment, the QB knew Nebraska was the best place for him. “I think it was clear-cut that it was my best opportunity,” Lee said. “I’m really blessed to come in and have a chance to play at a great football program this late in my career.” 


Lee came to Nebraska with two years remaining of eligibility to play football and had to waste one of those years sitting out the 2016 season because of NCAA transfer rules. However, Lee appealed to the NCAA for a hardship waiver and he was eventually granted that extra year.

2017 Preview:

After a very strong spring for a talented group of quarterbacks, head coach Mike Riley announced via Twitter that Tanner Lee would be named the starting quarterback heading into the summer. http://www.scout.com/college/nebraska/story/1772053-transcripts-tanner-lee

For now, Lee has won the job over redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien, but Riley made it clear that the competition isn’t over. “All of our QBs understand that competition and opportunity is ongoing. Our QB competition this spring was outstanding,” Riley said. “That talented group will continue to push each other and provide a bright future.”

Lee and the other quarterbacks had a productive spring and it showed during the annual Red-White spring game where Lee threw for three touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of over 200. As for spring ball and the team moving forward, Lee thinks it’s trending in the right direction.

“I think we had a really great spring,” Lee said after the scrimmage. “We have a lot of things to build on and I think we got a lot of our offense in and made it look really good. [It’s] not where we want to be, but I think we’ve laid the foundation to build. I’m excited for that.”

Lee also addressed his relationship with fellow quarterback Patrick O’Brien.

“We can make each other better. I think we understand that,” Lee said. “I really think we’re focused on what’s best for the entire team. It’s really not about Patrick and I, it’s about who’s going to move the ball. I think we have four guys on our team who can move our team.”

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