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Former NFL exec adds to Tanner Lee hype train

Tanner Lee is making a name for himself without ever throwing a competitive pass for the Huskers.

Tanner Lee hasn’t thrown a pass in a Big Ten game, but that hasn’t kept the hype machine from going strong all off-season. Nebraska’s spring game was certainly helpful, but this thing is getting some major steam lately.

But, he’s also getting a major boost from one of the top names in NFL scouting — Phil Savage.

Yes, that Phil Savage, the one that is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl.

He had this to say via Twitter earlier today:

Savage certainly has a reputation for knowing what he is talking about. But, are we heaping too much praise on a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a football in a competitive situation since 2015?

Some of the hype for Lee likely comes from the fact that he’s got collegiate experience. Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane, where over the course of two seasons he threw for 3,601 yards and 23 touchdowns to 21 interceptions.

Mike Riley’s hire prior to the 2015 season didn’t hurt Lee’s decision to transfer and if spring and early fall camp are any indication the hype machine may be right on this one.

Hype really began to heat up last month, with one scout noting that Lee was the best quarterback at the famed Manning Passing Academy over the summer.

“[Louisville QB] Lamar Jackson, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold are great, but Tanner Lee was my favorite guy,” said Woo, who helps build the Senior Bowl roster and serves as a liaison between college programs and NFL coaching staffs.

If Savage is correct, Lee could be the one that breaks a long-standing and ugly NFL draft stat. The one that says no Big Ten quarterback has been selected in the first round of the NFL draft since 1995.

That man? Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins of course.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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