QB Philip Nelson leaving Gophers football program - KMSP-TV

QB Philip Nelson leaving Gophers football program

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Philip Nelson announced Thursday he is transferring away from the University of Minnesota, telling KFAN Radio he wants to play in an offense that "centers more on the pass game."

Nelson hasn't declared which school he will transfer to, but added he is "excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents."

Nelson was viewed as a steal of a recruit for Gophers head coach Jerry Kill, who brought the Mankato East graduate to Minnesota despite Nelson's dad having played at rival Wisconsin.

"Philip is a terrific young man, and I wish him all the best as he continues his education and football career elsewhere," Kill said in a statement. "I want to thank Philip for the contributions he made to our football program both on and off the field, and I will do anything I can to help him both now and in the future."

Nelson passed for 1,306 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore, adding 364 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns on the ground. In addition to being a pass-first quarterback in a run-first offense, Nelson was forced to share time with freshman quarterback Mitch Leidner.

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