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Report: Former Minnesota QB transferring to Rutgers

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Not too long after being reported to be leaving Minnesota, it looks as though quarterback Phillip Nelson has found a new football home within the Big Ten. Nelson will transfer from Minnesota to Rutgers, according to Bruce Feldman of

Nelson was first reported to be leaving Minnesota on January 16, and reports of a visit to Rutgers surfaced just a few days ago.

“For me, I am looking to play in a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets,” Nelson through a statement shared by Star Tribune. “I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents.”

Rutgers certainly has nowhere to go but up with the quarterback situation. The passing offense of the Scarlet Knights ranked 64th in the country last season with 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions thrown.

Nelson will have to sit out the 2014 season due to normal NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play for Rutgers in 2015. What is somewhat interesting is Minnesota apparently did not restrict Nelson from transferring elsewhere in the Big Ten the way some schools tend to do when it comes to players transferring elsewhere. Whether Minnesota put any limits on his potential landing spots is unknown, but it is clear the entire Big Ten was not off limits. Rutgers will join the Big Ten over the summer and begin play in the conference in the fall. Rutgers and Minnesota are not scheduled to face each other until 2016, which would be Nelson’s final year of eligibility.

Kansas State, Texas Tech and UCLA were also thought to be potential landing spots for Nelson.

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9 Responses to “Report: Former Minnesota QB transferring to Rutgers”
  1. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Jan 29, 2014 4:22 PM


  2. 24mountaincreeks says: Jan 29, 2014 4:22 PM

    Leaving Minnesota and taking a step down in the Big Ten is not an easy thing to accomplish. There is not much room for that. I give credit to him.

  3. musketmaniac says: Jan 29, 2014 6:06 PM

    Minnesota vs Rutgers, wow exciting. circle it on the calendar, and drive another nail in the big tens coffin

  4. lordfletcher says: Jan 29, 2014 9:07 PM

    the interesting part, is that Mankato Jesus (Phillip Nelson) throws worth poop. Kill was more than willing to play to his strengths, which take a guess, wasn’t being a pocket passer.

    Nelson really struggled out of the pocket… best of luck tho, won’t miss ya


  5. dg0122 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:25 PM

    I watched Minnesota a couple times and their QB play was very meh

  6. Bo Darville says: Jan 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    “What is somewhat interesting is Minnesota apparently did not restrict Nelson from transferring elsewhere in the Big Ten …”

    “Rutgers will join the Big Ten over the summer …”

    He’s going to Rutgers. A team that isn’t in the Big Ten, yet.

  7. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Jan 30, 2014 8:20 AM

    Good, get that guy out of Leidner’s way, Philip Nelson sucks

  8. savvyspy says: Jan 30, 2014 5:42 PM

    It looks like the Scarlet Knights are looking to run more and decrease their completion percentage. If so, Mission Accomplished!!

  9. greatmiamisportsmind says: Feb 4, 2014 1:37 AM

    Not like Minnesota matters in college football anyways…

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