Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
Senior offensive guard Tanner Farmer is one of three veterans on the offensive line who will be counted on for leadership this fall. The 6-4, 325-pound Farmer has started 19 games at offensive guard the past two seasons and worked with the top unit at right guard throughout spring practice. He joins senior Jerald Foster to give Nebraska one of the Big Ten’s best and most experienced guard tandems. Farmer also saw limited practice time at center, and brings versatility to the interior of the offensive line.
Farmer is one of the most powerful individuals in the program, giving him the ability to be a dominant blocker. A state champion wrestler in high school, Farmer has spent time working out with the Nebraska wrestling team during his career in Lincoln.
Farmer completed his undergraduate degree in nutrition, exercise and health science in May of 2018, and will play this fall as a graduate student.
Farmer started the first eight games at right guard before an injury cut his junior season short. He helped the Huskers to four wins before suffering a season-ending injury in the Huskers’ come-from-behind victory at Purdue. Nebraska averaged nearly 400 yards of total offense per game in the eight contests Farmer started. Farmer’s pass protection helped Nebraska rank second in the Big Ten in passing (277.5 yards per game) and paved the way for Stanley Morgan Jr. to set a school record with 986 receiving yards and JD Spielman to post the first 200-yard receiving game in Husker history. Nebraska threw for 3,330 yards in 2017, the fifth-highest total in school history.
Farmer earned a starting job in 2016, and was in the lineup for 11 games, while missing the Illinois and Ohio State games because of injury. Farmer was part of an offensive line that ranked among the nation's best in protecting the passer. The offensive line helped the Huskers roll up better than 550 yards of total offense against both Wyoming and Northwestern.
The line helped senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. establish Nebraska career records for passing yards, total offense and total touchdowns.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Farmer added depth at offensive guard, but did not appear in a game. Following his redshirt freshman season, Farmer competed with the Nebraska wrestling team in the 285-pound class and posted a 5-1 record in open tournaments.
Farmer redshirted in his first season at Nebraska and impressed on the NU scout team.
Before Nebraska (Highland HS)
Farmer was a standout for Coach Jim Warnecke Jr. at Highland High School in Illinois. Farmer’s blocking helped the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The coaches tabbed Farmer as a first-team Illinois Class 5A all-state selection in 2013.
Farmer’s play helped Highland make great improvement from 2011 to 2013. Highland was 0-9 during Farmer’s sophomore season, then improved to 5-5 and a state playoff berth in 2012.
Farmer was one of the top performers at “The Opening” all-star camp and participated in the Under Armour All-American game in January. Farmer only visited Nebraska, but did have scholarship offers from Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota. Rivals.com listed Farmer as the No. 4 offensive guard prospect in the country and the 82nd-ranked 2014 recruit overall.
Farmer was a two-time Class 2A wrestling state champion at 285 pounds.
The son of Brian and Connie Farmer, Tanner was born on March 1, 1996. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Connect and local hospital and school visits. He earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2017, and has claimed spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team each of the past three years. Farmer has volunteered his time as an Emerging Leaders speaker, the Nebraska Football Road Race, School is Cool Week and local hospital visits.