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Lee's captaincy comes as no surprise to Riley

Nebraska's Tanner Lee rolls out of the pocket during the spring game. (NTV News)

LINCOLN --- There's never any sort of guarantees for a starting quarterback to also be a captain.

Heck, not even four–year Husker Tommy Armstrong, Jr was a captain as a senior.

Although Tanner Lee has yet to play a single down of significance for the Big Red, he was voted in as one of five team captains for the 2017 season.

"I think I've said this before, he came in as one of the guys that was well–liked by everybody, and soon, when they learned about him, he was well–respected by everybody," said head coach Mike Riley. "He was elected a captain of one of our off–season teams by the team, so him being selected as a captain for this season did not surprise me."

As a sophomore at Tulane University, Lee threw for 1.639 yards, completed 51.8% of his passes, and had an interception to touchdown ratio of 11–7. In his two years with the Green Wave, Lee had 23 touchdowns and 21 picks in his 19 games played.

Tulane went 3–6 when Lee was the starting quarterback.

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