How Tanner Lee ended up at Nebraska

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Nebraska will enter spring practice with a quarterback competition between Tulane transfer Tanner Lee and redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien.

Lee is coming off a redshirt year after transferring from Tulane, and O’Brien, too, redshirted a year ago.

During Nebraska’s Signing Day Show, Executive Director of Player Personnel Billy Devaney shared a story about how Lee ended up in Lincoln.

Devaney was with the Atlanta Falcons and regularly spoke with Archie Manning, who runs the Manning Passing Academy each summer in Louisiana. Devaney suggested Manning invite Jared Goff, who ended up being the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Devaney wasn’t able to attend the event, but checked in with Manning afterwards to see who impressed.

“I said, ‘give me a rundown of the guys there, and he said, ‘your boy Goff can really throw.’ We have a boy down here who put him to shame, this boy at Tulane Tanner Lee,” Devaney said. “I said, ‘you’ve got to be kidding. I know how Goff throws, and you’re saying this Tanner Lee threw the ball better?’ He said, ‘no comparison, you have to keep your eye on this boy from Tulane.”

Lee ended up at Tulane, and when he was looking for a school to transfer to, those Manning connections paid off once again.

“Fast forward and (ESPN reporter) Chris Mortensen got involved because he’s a friend with Archie,” Devaney said. “Chris knows Coach Riley, and Tanner is looking for a place to go. Mortensen recommends Nebraska because of Mike and lo and behold, Tanner is here, I’m here, and Archie Manning is really happy.”

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