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Opponent Player Watch: Nebraska QB Tanner Lee

The Rutgers defense needs to add to the early season woes for the Cornhuskers’ signal caller

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

There's a few things about Nebraska QB Tanner Lee Rutgers fans must know. He is a transfer from Tulane University, where he accumulated 3,601 passing yards and threw for 11 touchdowns. Tanner Lee should be very familiar to Rutgers fans. In 2014, Rutgers played Tulane and Lee was under center. Lee threw for only 7-9 and 78 yards in a defeat 31-6, getting knocked out of the game in the first half with an injury.

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Tanner Lee received a ton of preseason hype and has been compared to UCLA's Josh Rosen. Also, he was invited to Manning Passing Camp to develop his passing skills and acumen.

Despite the high praise, Nebraska has begun the season with a disappointing start. He has thrown for only 5 TD’s and a FBS leading 7 INT’s. His passing completion is 52.5%, struggling with his accuracy. Lee isn't a scrambler and his stats show it with -38 yards due to sacks. Though the stats are not impressive, this doesn't mean that Lee can't light up the field. He has a steep learning curve and he could improve against Rutgers, where their secondary haven't been good at times this season. It's still early, so stats shouldn't be the end of all means, but Rutgers may have a realistic shot to defeat the Cornhuskers in Memorial Stadium.

Rutgers needs a dominating and suffocating pass rush. That means more blitzes from the secondary and good pressure from defensive line. Lee is not a scrambling quarterback. He will stand in the pocket until he finds an open receiver or check down. Rutgers must utilize that same energetic spirit in the Washington game to keep this game close. Lee is still capable of scoring and should be respected, despite a bad start to the 2017 season. Kemoko Turay must cause havoc and Sebastian Joseph must get a sack and terrorize the offensive line, in order to keep Nebraska's offense in check.