Tanner Lee started his career at Jesuit High School and now he finds himself in Mobile for the Senior Bowl with hopes of continuing his career in the NFL.
“This has been an unbelievable opportunity. We start practice today. I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing ball and just doing what I enjoy doing. It’s been a while, we get to meet a lot of new guys and really have a lot of fun with this whole process. This has been a blessing,” said Lee.
Lee will play for the North team but wasn’t on the initial roster when teams were announced. His invite finally came when Oklahoma St. quarterback Mason Rudolph pulled out with a foot injury.
“When I got that invite it was pretty special and I definitely don’t take it for granted. I’m going to make the most of this,” said Lee.
At first, Lee thought he’d never have to leave the metro area to achieve his ultimate goal. But after starting two seasons at Tulane, his football journey took a detour to Cornhusker country when he transferred to the University of Nebraska.
“It was tough. You give your 100 percent max effort to a program for a long time and changes have to be made and you’re forced to move on which is tough because I had a lot of my best friends at Tulane,” said Lee. “You’re leaving your hometown, but going back to the recruiting process, I learned a lot about myself. I got to go through the same process I went through in high school just with a different perspective and I was lucky enough to land at Nebraska.”
Lee has all the physical tools to make it to the next level. Last season, he finished with over 3000 yards and 23 touchdowns, but it’s his football IQ that he wants to showcase.
“My knowledge of football overall -- I played in two separate pro-style offenses and been comfortable in both -- been asked to do a lot whether it be at Tulane or Nebraska,” said Lee. “I’ve had some good coaches like Curtis Johnson, Eric Price and Mike Neu at Tulane and then Danny Langsdorf and Mike Riley at Nebraska.”
During his time at Tulane under Curtis Johnson, Lee ran the Saints offense and was asked to do some the same things Sean Payton asks Drew Brees to do.
Lee said that experience was invaluable and will help him this week and beyond.
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