Honors & Awards
» 2016 Nebraska Scout Team Offensive MVP
Junior Tanner Lee heads into 2017 expected to take the reins of the Nebraska offense. Lee earned the starting quarterback job with a strong spring camp and was named the starter shortly following the Red-White Spring Game.
Lee is set to replace Tommy Armstrong Jr., who was the Huskers’ starting quarterback each of the past four seasons. The 6-4, 220-pound Lee joined the Nebraska program in the summer of 2016 as a transfer from Tulane University. Lee has two seasons of remaining eligibility at Nebraska after being granted a waiver last fall.
Lee was impressive in his work on the practice field last fall, earning the Huskers’ Scout Team Offensive MVP honors. Lee has a strong arm and has shown good decision-making and leadership. He has extensive starting experience on the FBS level from his time at Tulane. Lee is the leader of a strong group of quarterbacks that includes redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien and true freshman Tristan Gebbia.
Lee sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. He was Nebraska’s Scout Team Offensive MVP and was granted a waiver, giving him one extra season of eligibility.
Before Nebraska (Tulane)
Lee made 19 starts in 2014 and 2015 at Tulane. In 2015, Lee started nine games at quarterback and threw for 1,639 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 52 percent of his passes. Lee threw for better than 200 yards four times on the season, including a season-high 277 yards against Maine. Lee threw for a career-high four touchdowns in a win over UCF.
Lee started all 10 of his games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He completed 185-of-336 passes for 1,962 yards and 12 touchdowns. All of Lee’s passing numbers set Tulane freshman records. Lee threw for a season-high three touchdowns against Tulsa, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston. Lee threw for a career-best 301 yards on a 25-of-43 effort at East Carolina, and surpassed 200 passing yards in four other games.
Lee redshirted in his first season at Tulane in 2013.
High School (Jesuit HS)
In high school, Lee was a three-year letterman for Coach Wayde Kesier at Jesuit High School in Destrehan, La. He helped guide his team to a 30-8 overall record in three seasons, including three trips to the state playoffs and a District 9-5A title in his junior season. In his career, Lee completed 245-of-415 passes (.590) for 3,984 yards, 39 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
As a senior, Lee was voted team captain and claimed honorable-mention all-state accolades while earning first-team all-metro and all-district recognition after completing 118-of-218 passes (.541) for 2,364 yards and 25 touchdowns. Lee threw for a school-record 552 yards in a 56-49 win over Shaw in 2012. Lee threw for 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior and also saw limited action as a sophomore.
Lee was ranked among the top 60 quarterbacks in the country by several recruiting services and was among the top 50 players in the state of Louisiana.
Tanner was born on Feb. 14, 1995, and is the son of Phillip and Kimberly Lee. He is a management major. His father played football and baseball at Troy State and later played baseball for UAB. His grandfather, Jimmy Lee, played football at Alabama. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Read Across America and hospital outreach visits.