Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Eric Lee Jr. heads into the 2018 season as an important member of the Nebraska secondary. The 6-0, 215-pound Lee made six starts at cornerback last season and is one of three returning corners with significant playing experience, joining junior Lamar Jackson and sophomore Dicaprio Bootle. In addition to competing once again for a starting role on defense, Lee could also be a contributor on special teams.
Lee enrolled early in the Nebraska program in January of 2015, after he starred at Valor Christian High School in Colorado. Lee is on track to graduate with a degree in management in December of 2018.
Lee stepped into a starting cornerback role to begin his sophomore season following an injury to returning starter Chris Jones. Lee started each of the first six games, totaling 24 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pair of pass breakups during that stretch. On the season, he finished with 30 tackles after recording only two tackles in limited action as a redshirt freshman. Eighteen of his 30 tackles were solo stops, and he had multiple tackles in each of the season’s first seven games while recording the first TFL and first two pass breakups of his career.
Lee more than doubled his career total with seven tackles in the season opener against Arkansas State, which marked his first career start. He added his first career TFL against the Red Wolves, before totaling five tackles and his first career pass breakup the next week at Oregon. Lee broke up his second pass in as many weeks against Northern Illinois and combined for five tackles in his final two starts of the season, Husker wins over Rutgers and Illinois. Lee then came off the bench and totaled 10 tackles in a three-game stretch against Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue before missing the next three games due to injury. Lee returned from his absence in a limited role in the season finale against Iowa.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Lee played in eight games, primarily on special teams, while also providing depth at cornerback. Lee had two tackles, a tackle for loss at Ohio State and a solo stop against Tennessee.
Lee redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first year in the program.
Before Nebraska (Valor Christian HS)
Lee earned first-team all-state honors for two years, helping Valor Christian to consecutive Class 5A state championship game appearances. The Eagles finished 10-4 in 2014, losing in the state title game to Cherry Creek High School.
Lee starred for Coach Rod Sherman, while also playing for assistant Coach Brian Dawkins, a former All-Pro NFL safety. Lee had five interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2014 and had 59 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Lee also rushed 36 times for 359 yards and three touchdowns and had 33 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns. He totaled 1,120 all-purpose yards. Lee was an All-Colorado selection by the Denver Post and earned first-team 5A all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Lee helped Valor Christian to the 2013 Class 5A state championship and a 13-1 record. He was a first-team all-state defensive back by the CHSAA. Lee had 45 tackles as a junior, while intercepting two passes and adding five breakups and three fumble recoveries.
Lee was ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado by Rivals.com. He was ranked among the nation’s top 150 recruits by several recruiting services. Lee was regarded among the top 20 cornerbacks in the nation by Rivals.com, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports. Lee participated in the Semper Fi Bowl in California in early January before enrolling at Nebraska. Lee was also named the top performer at the 2014 Mile High 7-on-7 Camp.
Lee committed to the Huskers in February of 2014, after also considering scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Oregon State.
The son of Dana and Eric Lee Sr, Eric Jr. was born on Aug. 13, 1996. The elder Lee earned his doctorate degree from Nebraska. Lee Jr. was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in both 2016 and 2017 and has twice been a Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, the Lincoln Marathon, Husker Heroes, School is Cool, the Souper Bowl of Caring and local school and hospital visits.