When Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 28, it officially opened up a competition for the starting job in 2018.
With Lee no longer in the mix, the race for Nebraska’s starting quarterback will likely be between sophomore Patrick O’Brien, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and true freshman Adrian Martinez.
Despite Lee moving on to the next stage in his playing career, the former Cornhusker weighed in on Nebraska’s quarterback situation at the NFL combine on Friday.
“They’re going to have a very talented room,” Lee told Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman. “I don’t know the new guys coming in, but I know that Patrick and Tristan are competing as hard as ever to win a spot. I know it’s something they’re both hungry for and I’m looking forward to watching them both compete.”
Lee elaborated on O’Brien and Gebbia, saying why he thinks both players could end up being the starter.
“Patrick is a big strong passer,” Lee said. “He’s smart. He’s matured so much just since I’ve been there. I’ve watched him become a better leader, develop his work habits and things. I think Tristan is an extremely hard worker from the day he stepped on campus. I think the coaches are going to have to see the type of player and leader that he is and I think both of those guys share the same qualities. So it’s going to be a good battle.”
In addition, Nebraska has additional quarterbacks on its roster that will compete for the starting job: sophomore Andrew Bunch and freshman Matt Masker. Sophomore Noah Vedral will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
While no one knows for sure who will end up winning the starting gig in 2018, it will surely be a tough decision for Scott Frost and his staff.
To watch the full interview with Lee, see below: