Transfer quarterback Tanner Lee granted additional year of eligibility

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, who was recently granted an extra year of eligibility, stretches with the team during practice.

LINCOLN — Transfer quarterback Tanner Lee has been granted an additional year of eligibility, and he’s already making a case as a contender for the top job in 2017.

NCAA transfer rules prevent Lee from playing in 2016, but he’ll have two more seasons with NU after that, coach Mike Riley said Saturday. Lee redshirted with Tulane then started for two years, but a coaching change prompted him to look elsewhere.

Lee, listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, performed well against the youngest guys on NU’s defense Saturday. His decision-making is what sticks out most to Riley.

“One of the most valuable components ... he gets rid of the football quickly,” Riley said. “That ability eliminates a lot of problems.”

With Lee part of the equation, Riley said, the quarterback position has depth — this year and next.

“We feel good about the picture that’s present,” Riley said. “And looking into the future? That’s pretty good.”

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