Honors & Awards
- First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)
- Scout Team Offensive MVP (2007)
Zac Lee continued to play a key role in the Nebraska offense in 2010 despite not working in a starting role at quarterback. The 6-2, 215-pound Lee shared backup duties, and played a key role in several games throughout his senior campaign. Lee was slowed by injury late in the season, limiting his opportunity for playing time.
Lee was among 13 Huskers who played in the Holiday Bowl as a graduate, having picked up his degree in business administration in May. Lee played his senior season as a graduate student. Lee was a first-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2010, earning that honor for a second straight season.
Lee played in four games during his senior season. He finished with 102 yards passing while hitting on 11-of-20 attempts. He also rushed 15 times for 57 yards. Lee took the reins of the Husker offense in the second half against Missouri after Martinez was injured. Lee had 11 rushing yards and 11 passing yards. He threw for a season-high 45 yards against Western Kentucky, and had a season-best 25 rushing yards against Texas. Lee also appeared against Colorado on Senior Day.
Lee passed for 2,143 yards to post the fifth-highest single-season passing total in Nebraska history. He connected on 58.6 percent of his pass attempts and threw for 14 touchdowns. Lee also showed the ability to make an impact as a runner, finishing third on the team with 171 rushing yards.
Lee was effective in his first career start against Florida Atlantic, throwing for 213 yards on 15-of-22 passing including two touchdowns. A week later, he threw for a career-best 340 yards against Arkansas State. Lee connected on 27-of-35 passes and threw for four touchdowns. He accounted for 174 yards of total offense at Virginia Tech, including rushing for 38 yards. Lee was efficient against Louisiana-Lafayette, completing 15-of-18 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
Lee guided Nebraska to a fourth-quarter comeback in difficult conditions at Missouri. He threw for 158 yards including three touchdown passes in less than three minutes in the fourth quarter. He threw for 128 yards against Texas Tech, then threw for 248 yards, but was intercepted a season-high three times against Iowa State.
Lee did not play at Baylor, then came off the bench to lead NU to a 10-3 win over No. 20 Oklahoma, including throwing for the game's only TD. Lee regained his starting job for the stretch run and led NU to three wins. At Kansas, he had four passes of at least 35 yards and threw for 196 yards, while also rushing for 53 yards on nine carries. Lee connected on 13-of-19 passes and threw for a touchdown in the Big 12 North-clinching win over Kansas State, then threw for 73 yards and another score at Colorado. He accounted for 51 total offensive yards against Texas.
Lee had his most complete game in three months against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. He connected on 13-of-23 passes for 173 yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul. He also posted career highs in the run game, toting the ball 18 times for 65 yards in the 33-0 rout of the Wildcats.
Lee played in games against Western Michigan and Kansas State. He completed one pass for five yards and rushed twice for 17 yards.
Lee redshirted in his first season in the program in 2007, after spending two seasons at the City College of San Francisco.
Before Nebraska (St. Ignatius Prep/City College of San Francisco)
Lee came to Nebraska following a highly successful 2006 season at City College of San Francisco, the same school as former standout Husker receiver Maurice Purify and Lee's current teammate, Dejon Gomes. Lee had a standout campaign for Coach George Rush, with more than 3,400 passing yards and 35 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. Lee's performance led City College of San Francisco to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the California junior college title game. The City College of San Francisco offense averaged nearly 40 points per game with Lee at the controls. Lee was ranked as the nation's top junior college quarterback by Rivals.com, Scout.com and SuperPrep Magazine. Lee sat out the 2005 season before enrolling in junior college in January of 2006.
Lee starred in both football and baseball at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. He was a three-year all-league quarterback in high school, but focused much of his time on baseball, limiting his Division I football scholarship offers out of high school. Lee chose Nebraska after also receiving strong recruiting interest from Oklahoma, Fresno State and Mississippi State among others.
Zac was born April 26, 1987, and is the son of Bob and Janice Lee. His father played quarterback for 12 seasons in the NFL from 1969 to 1980, spending time with the Vikings, Falcons and Rams. The elder Lee had his best season in 1973 when he threw for more than 1,700 yards for the Falcons. Bob Lee also served as the athletic director at University of the Pacific. Zac was a first-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2009, and is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. He was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his extensive outreach work, including School is Cool Week and team hospital visits.
Year G Att. Cmp. Int. Pct. Yds. Y/A Y/G LP TD Eff.R. Totals 19/12 324 189 10 .583 2,250 6.9 118.4 74 14 124.75
Rushing: Career - 120 carries, 245 yards, 1 TD, long of 32 at Kansas in 2009
105-188-1 total; 2-17-0 in 2008; 103-171-1 TD in 2009; 15-57-0 in 2010
Pass Attempts -37 vs. Iowa State, 2009
Pass Completions- 27 vs. Arkansas State, 2009
Passing Yards -340 vs. Arkansas State, 2009
Passing Touchdowns -4 vs. Arkansas State, 2009
Rushes -18 vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl
Rushing Yards -65 vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl
Total Offense Yards -351 yards vs. Arkansas State, 2009