Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Heart & Soul Award (2019)
» Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018)
Tanner Farmer, who played his senior season as a graduate student, appeared in 12 games with 11 starts in 2018, starting the first three games at right guard and the final eight contests at center. In his eight starts at center, Nebraska averaged 478.9 yards of total offense per game. Overall, the Huskers averaged 456.2 yards of total offense per game in 2018 - the program's highest total in six years - while producing more than 560 yards of offense in four games. Farmer and the offensive line helped Nebraska post its most yards (659 against Minnesota) and highest point total (53 against Illinois) in a Big Ten Conference game since the Huskers joined the league in 2011. Individually, four different Huskers had a 100-yard rushing game in 2018 and three different Huskers had a 100-yard receiving game, while true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez rewrote the Nebraska freshman record books while setting a school record with seven 300-yard total offense games. Nebraska also produced its first 1,000-yard receiver in school history in 2018 and had its first 1,000-yard rusher since 2014.
Farmer made his 20th career start in the season opener against Colorado and helped Nebraska total 565 yards of total offense. After battling an illness leading up to the Purdue game, Farmer came off the bench and played center for the injured Cole Conrad against the Boilermakers and helped the Huskers to 582 yards of total offense. Farmer then started the game at No. 16 Wisconsin, when the Huskers totaled more than 500 yards of offense against a stout Badger defense. Nebraska came up just short of 500 yards of total offense at Northwestern before Farmer helped the Huskers total 659 yards against Minnesota, the Huskers' highest output since 2014 and most yards in a conference game since 2007. Farmer helped the Huskers have three 100-yard rushers against the Gophers. He also helped Nebraska gain 450 yards at No. 8 Ohio State, when the Huskers tied the school record with their sixth consecutive game gaining at least 450 yards. The 2018 team claimed the record outright the next week with a 606-yard performance in a win against Illinois.
Farmer started the first eight games at right guard before an injury cut his junior season short. He helped the Huskers to four wins before suffering a season-ending injury in the Huskers’ come-from-behind victory at Purdue. Nebraska averaged nearly 400 yards of total offense per game in the eight contests Farmer started. Farmer’s pass protection helped Nebraska rank second in the Big Ten in passing (277.5 yards per game) and paved the way for Stanley Morgan Jr. to set a school record with 986 receiving yards and JD Spielman to post the first 200-yard receiving game in Husker history. Nebraska threw for 3,330 yards in 2017, the fifth-highest total in school history.
Farmer earned a starting job in 2016, and was in the lineup for 11 games, while missing the Illinois and Ohio State games because of injury. Farmer was part of an offensive line that ranked among the nation's best in protecting the passer. The offensive line helped the Huskers roll up better than 550 yards of total offense against both Wyoming and Northwestern.
The line helped senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. establish Nebraska career records for passing yards, total offense and total touchdowns.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Farmer added depth at offensive guard, but did not appear in a game. Following his redshirt freshman season, Farmer competed with the Nebraska wrestling team in the 285-pound class and posted a 5-1 record in open tournaments.
Farmer redshirted in his first season at Nebraska and impressed on the NU scout team.
Before Nebraska (Highland HS)
Farmer was a standout for Coach Jim Warnecke Jr. at Highland High School in Illinois. Farmer’s blocking helped the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The coaches tabbed Farmer as a first-team Illinois Class 5A all-state selection in 2013.
Farmer’s play helped Highland make great improvement from 2011 to 2013. Highland was 0-9 during Farmer’s sophomore season, then improved to 5-5 and a state playoff berth in 2012.
Farmer was one of the top performers at “The Opening” all-star camp and participated in the Under Armour All-American game in January. Farmer only visited Nebraska, but did have scholarship offers from Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota. Rivals.com listed Farmer as the No. 4 offensive guard prospect in the country and the 82nd-ranked 2014 recruit overall.
Farmer was a two-time Class 2A wrestling state champion at 285 pounds.
The son of Brian and Connie Farmer, Tanner was born on March 1, 1996. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Connect and local hospital and school visits. He earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2017, and claimed spots on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019. Farmer has volunteered his time as an Emerging Leaders speaker, the Nebraska Football Road Race, School is Cool Week and local hospital visits.