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Phillip Nelson moves to Rutgers

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Former University of Minnesota starting quarterback Phillip Nelson has transferred to Rutgers University after two years as a Golden Gopher. 

"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," Nelson said.

"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."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder completed 50 percent of his passes for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 18 career games at Minnesota and also ran for 548 yards and six touchdowns. 

Nelson wasn't happy in the system however and had expressed a desire to move on to pastures new. 

"My first two years, I don't regret at all," Nelson said. "It was a very, very good thing for me being able to get in and get some significant playing time. I just felt as though the system didn't exactly fit what I was looking to do. That was the main thing right there. I feel like I could've been used more as a passer."

Nelson will have to sit out this season due in line with NCAA regulations but will return in the 2016 season as a redshirt senior and Rutgers will travel to Minnesota on Oct. 22, 2016 and Nelson will have a chance to prove he made the right choice at his old stomping ground. 

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