Tanner Lee to Nebraska: Latest Transfer Details, Comments and Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee (12) passes during the second half of an NCAA football game against Navy, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Navy won 31-14. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee announced via his Twitter account Saturday that he has transfered to the University of Nebraska. 

Here is his announcement:

After two years at Tulane, the QB was granted his release by the school on Jan. 7. 

Lee does have some connections to Nebraska. Per Sam McKewon of Omaha.com, he worked with Nebraska's wide receivers coach Keith Williams, who coached at Tulane. 

Per 247Sports.com, Lee was the 75th-rated quarterback in the country coming out of the class of 2013. 

During his time at Tulane, Lee passed for 3,601 yards and had 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 19 career games. In both of those seasons, Tulane went 3-9, struggling in the American Athletic Conference. 

His decision to leave Tulane was likely impacted by the school hiring Willie Fritz as the team's new head coach after the firing of Curtis Johnson. Formerly at Georgia Southern University, Fritz ran an option-style offense that led the nation in rushing last season. 

Lee, who is more of a pro-style passer that likes to stay in the pocket, would have had a difficult time in that offense. 

He has a powerful arm, though, and is capable of throwing the deep ball over plenty of defenses in the NCAA, as Fear the Wave shows:

At Nebraska, Lee will have more of an opportunity to show off his arm under head coach Mike Riley. Last season, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. attempted 402 passes and threw for over 3,000 yards. 

Returning for his senior season, Armstrong will finish up his collegiate career while Lee sits out 2016 due to transfer rules. 

He is bound to have some competition in order to win the starting job, of course. At the moment, according to Nebraska's roster from last year, A.J. Bush and Zack Darlington will be juniors by the time Lee's ready to play. 

Lee will have an opportunity to acclimate to life in Nebraska during his year off and learn the offense inside and out. If the transfer goes well and he picks things up without a hitch, he could be the main man slinging passes in Lincoln come the fall of 2017. 

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

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