Report: Ex-Gophers QB Philip Nelson transferring to Rutgers

Report: Ex-Gophers QB Philip Nelson transferring to Rutgers
January 29, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Philip Nelson, the ex-Gophers quarterback, will remain in the Big Ten, according to a report.

After reports that Nelson, who announced he's transferring from Minnesota earlier this month, was officially visiting Rutgers last weekend, CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted Wednesday that the QB will be transferring to Rutgers, which joins the Big Ten in July.

Nelson was the Gophers' starting quarterback for the majority of the 2013 season, but he said he wanted to leave Minnesota to be a part of a more passing-oriented offensive system. Rutgers fits that bill, as the Scarlet Knights' passing numbers would have ranked in the top half of the Big Ten last season. Minnesota, meanwhile, was the Big Ten's worst passing team in 2013, while boasting one of the conference's more-dangerous rushing attacks.

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Nelson threw for 1,306 yards last season with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

Nelson's transfer signals what direction the Gophers are heading in, as it seems Jerry Kill wants a quarterback that can run as well as he can pass — perhaps even better than he can pass — similar to Chandler Harnish and Jordan Lynch, the quarterbacks he coaches at Northern Illinois.

Though Rutgers joins the Big Ten ahead of the 2014 season, the Gophers and Scarlet Knights — who will play in separate divisions — aren't scheduled to meet on the gridiron until 2016. Last season was Nelson's sophomore year, so taking his sit-out year into account following his transfer, he could be the Knights' senior quarterback for that meeting in the Twin Cities. A lot could happen between now and then, of course, but it would be a fun reunion.