The spring has come and gone in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers have a new starting quarterback in line for the fall. Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced, via Twitter, Tanner Lee will be the new starting quarterback moving forward.
Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane in January of last year. After choosing Nebraska over LSU, Lee had to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he took flight this spring and generated some sparks in the Nebraska offense. Lee was given an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA last August, meaning he will be eligible to play for Nebraska in 2017 and 2018.
Lee started 10 games for Tulane in 2014 and nine games in 2015. Between his two seasons playing for Tulane, Lee racked up 23 touchdowns but was picked off 21 times. At Nebraska, he will have a stronger supporting cast to count on, which should help cut down on the turnovers and maybe improve in the scoring department.
An injury that knocked John Wolford out of Wake Forest’s last game won’t do the same for the next one.
Dave Clawson confirmed Tuesday that the quarterback will be available and start this Saturday’s game against Boston College. Wolford suffered a head injury in the loss to Syracuse last weekend.
It was very quickly determined, however, that Wolford did not incur a concussion. From the Raleigh News & Observer:
“Because the hit was in the head … we were taking zero chances,” Clawson said Tuesday, adding that when Wolford “felt fine” on Sunday, “we knew he was good to go this week.”
Wolford became the first Demon Deacon to start an opener as a true freshman since 1974, but he’s certainly had his growing pains.
His 12 interceptions (in 124 attempts) are tied for second-worst in the country with Texas Tech’s Davis Webb (196 attempts), behind only New Mexico State’s Tyler Rodgers‘ 15 (170 attempts). With an interception ration of 1:10, he’s fourth-worst in the country behind only Tulane’s Tanner Lee ((one pick every 7.8 attempts), Kansas’ Montell Cozart (one every 8.9 attempts) and Florida’s Jeff Driskel (one every 9.7 attempts) for quarterbacks who have thrown at least 60 passes.