“I think Tanner’s going to start,” Johnson said. “I don’t see where he shouldn’t. He just got done throwing everything. I didn’t see one thing that he shouldn’t be the starter.”
Lee, a redshirt freshman who threw three touchdown passes in his debut against Tulsa on Aug. 28, played the first three quarters last Saturday against Georgia Tech before being pulled for what Johnson referred to alternately as a heat issue and a “ding.” He did not practice Sunday or Tuesday, and after throwing during one-on-one drills Wednesday, he watched each segment of the 11-on-11 portions of practice with his helmet off except for one period where he handed off on every play.
Redshirt sophomore Devin Powell took all of the reps with the first unit.
“Powell looked good also,” Johnson said. “I like his strong arm. He can get it to them. He’s mobile. He’s done a great job for us.”
Lee was not made available for interviews after practice.
Powell went 2-0 as a starter for Tulane last year but did not have good numbers overall, completing 54.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and five interceptions while serving primarily as Nick Montana’s backup.