After going 6-7 in mike riley's first season, Husker fans were wondering if it was the right move to fire Bo Pelini after he won 9 games every single year. Riley rebounded by winning 9 games in his second season, but Nebraska has to replace a ton of talent on both sides of the ball this season. With Tommy Armstrong, Terrell Newby and Jordan Westerkamp all gone, can Nebraska's offense be good enough to win 9 games again this year?


"We met with the QBs and explained the importance of defining a starter at this time. Tanner Lee is our top QB heading into the summer."

This is how Mike Riley announced his decision regarding the starting quarterback job after a competition between Lee and Patrick O'Brien during Spring ball.

Tanner Lee played two years at Tulane before transferring to Nebraska, and he currently has two years of eligibility remaining. Lee was the 2016 Offensive Scout Team MVP, but he'll obviously be facing a lot more pressure as the starter in 2017.


The Huskers lost their leading rusher from last season in Terrelle Newby, and their only returning back Devine Ozigbo wasn't too impressive rushing for only 4.2 yards per carry last season. Junior Mikale Wilbon is a former three-star recruit, but he hasn't played much in his career at Nebraska, and sophomore Tre Bryant should also see some carries as a former three-star recruit. Nebraska would love to field a strong running game behind a new quarterback, but that dream may not come true in 2017.


Nebraska might've had the best receiving corps in the conference last season, but they lost three of their top five receivers in Jordan Westerkamp, Brandon Reilly, and Alonzo Moore. Stanley Morgan Jr. gained 453 yards receiving on 13.7 yards per catch last season, and he will be their number one receiver for new QB Tanner Lee.

Demornay Pierson-El has excelled in the return game, but Nebraska needs him to step up as a number two option behind Morgan Jr. next season.


The offensive line should be the strength of this Huskers offense in 2017 as they return four starters and a key backup from last season. All four of the starters will be upperclassmen, and Tanner Farmer has the potential of making the All-B1G team next season.

Nebraska's offense ranked 68th last season, according to Bill Connelly's S&P+, and they lost key contributors at each one of their skill positions. While the Huskers could conceivably upgrade from Tommy Armstrong's gunslinging ways at QB, his experience was valuable and will be missed. The Huskers will need to build this offense around their strong offensive line while their young skill position players develop.