The Rutgers football program has announced that it is dismissing incoming transfer QB Philip Nelson in light of assault charges brought against him in connection with an attack outside a Mankato, Minnesota bar.
Nelson allegedly kicked the victim, Minnesota State Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad, in the head after another suspect initiated the assault. Police are still searching for the other suspect.
Former Minnesota Golden Gophers QB Nelson was arrested by police at the scene and later released on $20,000 bond. Kolstad remains in critical condition at an area hospital and a Caring Bridge website has been set up on his behalf.
In a statement, Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood said, “The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family.”
Nelson, a hometown heron in Mankato, was a starting quarterback at Minnesota for parts of the last two season, but his diminished role in 2013 prompted him to seek a transfer to Rutgers.