Dec 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson (9) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the Texas Bowl against the Syracuse Orange at Reliant Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson to transfer

Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson announced on Thursday that he’s decided to transfer to another program.

Nelson thanked Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill in a statement:

I want to thank Coach Kill for the opportunity to play football at the University of Minnesota. I have the utmost respect for Coach Kill and what he’s done for this program. I also want to reach out to to all the great Minnesota fans that supported the football program and say thank you. Your effort makes a difference.


For me, I am looking  to play in a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets. I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Nelson led the Golden Gophers to a 8-5 record this past season. He completed 94 of his 186 passing attempts for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for six TDs.

[Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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