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Sports Illustrated Names Nebraska QB Tanner Lee A Breakout Player For 2017

Who are college football's breakout players for 2017?

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht named his breakout players to watch for this season, and there is a Nebraska player on the list: quarterback Tanner Lee.

Lee, who began his career at Tulane, sat out the 2016 season after transferring. He has already been named the starter for the Huskers.

From Becht:

After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Tanner Lee wasted little time earning his role at Nebraska, securing the starting quarterback job by the end of spring practice. The Tulane transfer looked sharp all spring in his battle with Patrick O’Brien, and Lee finished spring camp off with a solid showing in front of 78,312 fans in the Cornhuskers’ spring game. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 190 yards with three touchdowns, including this spot-on throw that should have coach Mike Riley salivating:


After working with Tommy Armstrong Jr. for his first two seasons, Riley finally gets the pro-style passer he wants.

Nebraska fans surely will look back on Armstrong Jr. fondly, but you have to figure most are intrigued by what Lee could do over the next two seasons.

In his two years at Tulane, Lee completed 328-of-612 passes (53.6 percent) for 3,601 yards, 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.