Former Minnesota Golden Gopher quarterback Philip Nelson will be staying within the Big Ten despite transferring schools.
In an announcement made on Wednesday, Nelson revealed he’ll be enrolling at Rutgers. He’ll be required to sit out the 2014 season, but after that he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Nelson said both the proximity to home and his familiarity with the conference were factors in his decision:
The Big Ten is an elite conference, and (after) getting two years of experience in it I can really help out this team with what the Big Ten is about. Also being able to stick around the Midwest so my family can come to my games is just another luxury, but ultimately it was just trying to find a system that fit me, with coaches I felt would really be a big help to me (USA Today Sports).
Nelson also said he’s excited to play under likely-soon-to-be-hired offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen:
‘The Fridge’ coaching in the Super Bowl (as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator) and winning NCAA championships (as Georgia Tech’s offensive coordinator in 1990) was very appealing to me. I can’t wait to learn from a guy who has been around everywhere.
Nelson threw for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Golden Gophers.
[Source: USA Today Sports]