Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2015, 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Senior Eric Lee Jr. has been a key part of the Nebraska secondary for the past two seasons and should again figure prominently into the Huskers’ plans in 2019. Lee Jr. has lined up at cornerback over the past three seasons, appearing in 26 games with seven career starts.
This spring the 6-0, 215-pound Lee made the switch to safety where he is expected to compete with juniors Marquel Dismuke and Deontai Williams for leading roles at that position. Lee has also been a regular contributor on special teams throughout his Husker career.
Lee enrolled at Nebraska early in January of 2015, and made the most of his early academic start. Lee graduated in December of 2018 with a degree in management and will take graduate classes during his final season on the field. He is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member.
After starting six games as a sophomore, Lee appeared in nine games with one start as a junior in 2018, totaling 13 tackles. Lee played in each of the season’s final nine games, recording five tackles from his cornerback spot in his season debut against Purdue on Sept. 29. Lee earned the start at cornerback the next week at No. 16 Wisconsin and again had five tackles. Lee saw action on special teams at Northwestern but did not record a tackle. He then made a touchdown-saving tackle on kickoff coverage against Minnesota the next week. Lee played in each of the next four games - seeing action on both special teams and defense - but did not have a tackle. He ended his junior campaign with a pair of tackles on kickoff coverage in the season finale at Iowa.
Lee stepped into a starting cornerback role to begin his sophomore season following an injury to returning starter Chris Jones. Lee started each of the first six games, totaling 24 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pair of pass breakups during that stretch. On the season, he finished with 30 tackles after recording only two tackles in limited action as a redshirt freshman. Eighteen of his 30 tackles were solo stops, and he had multiple tackles in each of the season’s first seven games while recording the first TFL and first two pass breakups of his career.
Lee more than doubled his career total with seven tackles in the season opener against Arkansas State, which marked his first career start. He added his first career TFL against the Red Wolves, before totaling five tackles and his first career pass breakup the next week at Oregon. Lee broke up his second pass in as many weeks against Northern Illinois and combined for five tackles in his final two starts of the season, Husker wins over Rutgers and Illinois. Lee then came off the bench and totaled 10 tackles in a three-game stretch against Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue before missing the next three games due to injury. Lee returned from his absence in a limited role in the season finale against Iowa.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Lee played in eight games, primarily on special teams, while also providing depth at cornerback. Lee had two tackles, a tackle for loss at Ohio State and a solo stop against Tennessee.
Lee redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first year in the program.
Before Nebraska (Valor Christian HS)
Lee was a two-time all-state pick, helping Valor Christian to consecutive Class 5A state championship game appearances. The Eagles finished 10-4 in 2014, losing the state title game to Cherry Creek High School.
Lee starred for Coach Rod Sherman, and assistant coach Brian Dawkins, a former NFL All-Pro safety. Lee had five interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2014, and had 59 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Lee also rushed 36 times for 359 yards and three touchdowns, had 33 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns, and totaled 1,120 all-purpose yards. Lee was an All-Colorado choice by the Denver Post and earned first-team 5A all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Lee helped Valor Christian to the 2013 Class 5A state championship and a 13-1 record. He was a first-team all-state defensive back by the CHSAA. Lee had 45 tackles as a junior, while intercepting two passes and adding five breakups and three fumble recoveries.
Lee was ranked as the No. 1 player in Colorado by Rivals.com, and was a consensus top 150 prospect. Lee participated in the Semper Fi Bowl in California, and was named the top performer at the 2014 Mile High 7-on-7 Camp. Lee chose Nebraska over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Oregon State.
The son of Dana and Eric Lee Sr., Eric Jr. was born on Aug. 13, 1996. Lee Jr. earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska as a management major in December of 2018 and is pursuing a master's degree in educational administration. The elder Lee earned his doctorate degree from Nebraska. Eric Jr. has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, the Lincoln Marathon, Husker Heroes, School is Cool, the Souper Bowl of Caring and local school and hospital visits.