Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Junior offensive guard Tanner Farmer is one of five returning linemen who gained significant starting experience in the 2016 season. Farmer was the starter at right guard throughout the year, and along with fellow juniors Jerald Foster and Nick Gates, he is expected to form the nucleus of the offensive line for the next two seasons.
The 6-4, 305-pound Farmer is one of the most powerful players in the program, allowing him to be a dominant blocking force. A state champion wrestler in high school, Farmer has spent time working out with the Nebraska wrestling team in the last two offseasons.
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 is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science. 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. He also claimed spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016 and 2017.