Tanner Lee will be Tulane’s starting quarterback against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.
After watching Lee work with the first-team offense Thursday morning, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said Lee was ready. He was pulled from the Georgia Tech game last Saturday at the end of third quarter due to what Johnson termed “heat Issues” and getting “dinged.”
On his last series, Lee took a hard shot right under the chin after releasing the ball.
“He looked real good,” Johnson said Thursday. “He practiced really well. We had an extra period for him, a little review period after practice.”
Johnson added he was comfortable with Lee even though he missed two practices entirely earlier in the week and participated on a limited basis Wednesday.
“He's a smart kid, “ Johnson said. “He knows exactly what to do. It was like he was coaching them himself today. He's going to start. There's no need not to start him. I think he's going to do well."
Lee, a redshirt freshman, has thrown five touchdowns in Tulane’s first two games but also been intercepted four times. Redshirt sophomore Devin Powell replaced him in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech but did not produce any points in a 38-21 loss that dropped the Wave to 0-2.
Kickoff for the Southeastern Louisiana game is at 7 p.m. at Yulman Stadium. It will be Tulane’s first night game outdoors in New Orleans in 40 years.