In a recent poll of the national college football writers at Sports Illustrated, Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee was tabbed as one of the most likely players to have a breakout season in 2017
SI hasn’t been shy about making some bold predictions this offseason. The publication recently pegged Oklahoma State as one of it’s four College Football Playoff participants. But this latest one from SI’s own Bruce Feldman seems different, if only because it’s the same thing we’ve been hearing all offseason.
Feldman, arguably one of the most well-connected college football writers on the scene, had this to say on Lee.
“The former Tulane starter has everything NFL scouts look for in terms of
size, smarts, arm strength and accuracy. He also has quite a bit of
speed to work with at the skill positions (keep an eye on spectacular
freshman receiver Tyjon Lindsey). With all the preseason hype on
Wisconsin, Lee and the Huskers could make things very interesting in the
Big Ten West.”
There are some interesting nuggets to take from this.
Feldman isn’t the first to suggest Lee could be a high-profile NFL prospect this season. When Phil Savage, a former front office executive with the Cleveland Browns visited Lincoln last week, he tweeted that Lee “will be a top NFL prospect” when he decides to declare.
/SFreshman wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey’s name being dropped by Feldman is also probably music to Nebraska fans’ ears as well. The dynamic 5-foot-9 receiver has the coaching staff raving about him every time they get the chance, and he was recently named one of five impact freshman in the Big Ten heading into the season.
Lee has drawn quite a bit of praise heading into this season, and there’s still another week and a half before the Huskers open against Arkansas State on Sep. 2. He told Hail Varsity at Big Ten Media Days last month that he doesn’t feel the hype as added pressure, that he already puts pressure on himself to perform for his teammates and he doesn’t pay too much attention to what everyone else is saying.
Still, for a team that no one seems to know what to expect from, all eyes seem to be firmly fixed on Lee and his Huskers.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.