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If expectations had weight, how flattened would Lee be right now?

David McGee

To the surprise of nearly no one Tanner Lee was named Nebraska's "Top QB" by Mike Riley yesterday. It makes sense. Lee at least has starting experience over the other two potential candidates, Tristan Gebbia and Patrick O'Brien. It also makes sense to name a "Top QB" right now instead of waiting for the fall. The move by Riley establishes leadership on a team that will need it, at least if you believe that a starting quarterback is required to be a team leader.

There were a lot of fans, myself included, who felt that Gebbia looked like the best of the three quarterbacks. If we were honest with ourselves, and took a step back, we'd realize why Gebbia has no real shot at the starting position unless the other two quarterbacks completely fail.

The reason lies in Nebraska fans and their expectations - which are sure to be so overblown by the time the 2017 football season rolls around that Lee will have no chance whatsoever of meeting them. Lee has been named the starting quarterback for a fan base that is so hungry for any type of championship that one has to wonder if he's being offered early on, i.e., before fall, to see whether he's mentally capable of being a sacrificial lamb

Lee is not just the only quarterback with starting college experience, but he's a little older as well. One would hope that means more mature and capable of withstanding the stupid comments that will be made about him before he takes a snap in a real football game as the starting quarterback of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Can you imagine Gebbia in the same role?

A couple of years ago during a college visit with my daughter, I asked a University Nebraska student what she considered to be the biggest challenge between being a senior in high school and a freshman at a university. Her answer was "time management". (I asked the question specifically so that my daughter and other incoming students would get an idea of what they might prepare for.)

So if you can imagine being a new freshman student, trying to figure out where your classes are, how you're going to get all your studying done for both your academic classes and trying to learn an entirely new offense, and then being named as the starting quarterback of a fan base as tortured as Nebraska's?

Hence, Tanner Lee as the correct choice.

The big question for Husker fans is how soon you’ll turn on him and want to see him boiled in oil? First interception? First loss?

Do expectations have weight? If they did, how flattened would Lee be right now, in April with the season still months away? What are yours? Savior, super human, hero?

Examples of expectations regarding Lee’s future:

And then this:

The best pro potential of any Nebraska quarterback since Brook Berringer, Lee fits right in with the rest of the Big Ten...

Posted by Sam McKewon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I don’t disagree with McKewon, but, geez.... the “looks like a better passer than most of the quarterbacks in the Big Ten West” might be a jump considering he has yet to take a snap in the Big Ten.

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