2016 Husker transfer Tanner Lee joined our signing day chat to answer questions from the fans. Here’s the best of the chat, edited for length and clarity.
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Welcome aboard Tanner! How difficult was it to pick a new school? Was it more based on scheme or relationships? Hard to tell LSU no when they were nearby?
It was definitely a tough process. Strange to go through everything again, but I was fortunate enough to have some great opportunities. Relationships, scheme, fit, and overall comfortability with the people and atmosphere were the big keys for me. I found that Nebraska had all of these things along with being a great place for me to continue my business degree. It was hard to tell LSU no, but they didn't measure up to what Nebraska had to offer.
What made you decide to look at NU?
Coach Keith Williams coached at Tulane for a few years prior to coming to Nebraska and we've always had a great relationship. He knows my capabilities as well as anyone and he suggested that I get in touch with Coach Langsdorf and Coach Riley. Once I was able to get to know them a little, and they were able to watch my film, I was invited on a visit and was offered.
There looks to be a real family atmosphere down in Lincoln. What is your take on the culture of the team and how this 2016 class fits into the family?
From the weekend I spent in Lincoln, one of my biggest takeaways was how great and knowledgeable the people/fans are. I think having so much passionate support adds to the feeling of family in the program. Coach Riley and his staff did a great job incorporating a family feel to all the recruits that weekend. As for the culture of the team: They know that they are better than the record showed last year. Seemed hungry to get back to playing ball and showing what they are really capable of.
Have the coaches talked to you about playing time yet?
Nothing is promised. I accepted the offer knowing that it is 100% up to me to earn my spot.
Nebraska fans have enjoyed having Coach Williams coach the receivers in Lincoln. From your standpoint, what does he bring to the table on offense? Was the offense at Tulane similar to what you'll run under Danny Langsdorf?
Coach Williams is one of a kind. I've never met a coach that bring more intensity and swagger day in and day out than him. He makes his guys play with a great playmakers mindset.
The offense at Tulane was identical to the New Orleans Saints offense, so I am very familiar with pro-style concepts and reads. I spent some time watching film with Coach Langsdorf during my visit and all that concepts were the same. Obviously different terminology, however the playcalls and protections were more organized and simple. Which is great for being successful in a college football offense.
What skills do you bring to the team?
My arm talent and ability to make all the throws, in my opinion, is my biggest threat. When you can make the right decisions and get the ball to all your playmakers, it definitely makes the team better. Also, over my past three years of playing college football, I've learned a lot about being the leader of a team and especially leading while battling through some adversity.
Are you fine with the quarterback competition at Nebraska?
Absolutely. Competition makes players better, so I am looking forward to it. I was in a similar situation at Tulane. I had to compete for my starting spot when Nick Montana transferred in my freshman year. It made us better and we developed a great relationship. He helped me in many ways in my week to week preparation.
What’s something you want to improve on before you get to campus?
I was banged up a little during my past two seasons, so I am looking forward to getting healthy and into the best shape possible so I can step on campus ready to make an impact.