Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee announced Saturday he was transferring to Nebraska.
Lee, a Jesuit High product who obtained a release because he did not feel he was a good fit for new coach Willie Fritz’ offense, visited LSU the weekend of Jan. 15 but did not receive a scholarship offer.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for my family and my football career,” Lee tweeted. “I would like to thank everyone who recruited and considered me during this time. Go Big Red!”
Lee told Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com that he was looking forward to working with Nebraska coach Mike Riley and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. Riley, who went 93-80 in two separate pass-heavy stints at Oregon State with a three-year tenure coaching the San Diego Chargers in between, endured a rough debut at Nebraska, going 6-7 for the school’s first losing season since 2007.
After redshirting in 2013, Lee started at Tulane the past two years, throwing for 1,962 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2014 and 1,639 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2015. He missed five games due to injuries.
Tulane went 3-9 in both of his seasons as a starter after going 7-6 and reaching the New Orleans Bowl in 2013. His best game came at Houston in 2014, when he went 24 of 35 for 237 yards and three touchdowns as the Green Wave won 31-24.
Lee will have one year of eligibility left after sitting out 2016 per NCAA transfer rules. He told The Advocate he planned to appeal for an extra year, but it is unclear what grounds he would use for that appeal.