Abandoning Bucky: Philip Nelson's U-turn to Minnesota

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2012 - 6:39 AM

Philip Nelson, who grew up in the heart of Badgers territory, never thought he'd be a Gopher. But the highly rated QB from Mankato West answered a Maroon and Gold call.

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marv62Jan. 19, 12 6:56 AM

I believe that if he is given some time and his health issues can be resolved Coach Kill will turn the Gopher football program around. If he is able to continue to being in quality recruits such as Philip Nelson it will be just a matter of time.

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clintobp10Jan. 19, 12 7:01 AM

They better be burning the midnight oil over there at the U of M football offices looking for recruits that will help this kid become what he should. If they do not bring in top 100 receivers, tight ends, H-backs then it will be all for naught. Please don't ask Tubby how to recruit top kids.

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matthewJamesJan. 19, 12 7:41 AM

Sound like it's a good start. Now get those big tackles to protect him so he can perform as he did in High school.

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ADiddieJan. 19, 12 8:25 AM

SKA-U-MA Phillip Nelson

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siouxchampJan. 19, 12 8:47 AM

Why did things change for Philip? Honestly, because WHO in the world would you turn down a top25 football program to join, what SI called the worst football program in the United States(UofM Gophers). Something fishy about this story, no doubt.

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bigmarJan. 19, 12 8:56 AM

Poor decision on his part to go play for the Goobers. His playing days are numbered to begin with and he chooses one of the worst programs in the country. He must not have thought this one through I suspect. How many pro players come from U of MN? I'd bet you can count on one hand over the last ten years maybe twenty years! Badgers are a Pro set offense and always grooming players for the next level, in MN they groom players for hanging up their cleats!

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gvillegopherJan. 19, 12 9:02 AM

@siouxchamp LOL........or maybe the UofM gave him the best opportunity to start at QB earlier in his college career than UW, Iowa, and Iowa State. Or he clicked with the coaching staff more than others, was concerned about Paul Chryst leaving UW(which happened), or a variety of other reasons. I am sure you won't buy that since those reasons are not apart of a wild conspiracy theory.

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vikings1Jan. 19, 12 9:11 AM

"How many pro players come from U of MN? I'd bet you can count on one hand over the last ten years maybe twenty years!" Poor Bigmar, I see you're suffering from foot in mouth disease again. Don't they teach math in WI? Or does your hand have more than 5 fingers? I'll help you out: Decker, Weber, Barber, Eslinger, Maroney, Tyrone Carter, Spaeth, and Hamilton. Let me know if you want me to list more;)

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glenlivetJan. 19, 12 9:12 AM

Great recruit for the rivalry, but two facts are absent which make this an even smarter move for Phil Nelson: (1) it's unclear that he was ever offered a scholarship at Wisconsin, I'm not saying he wasn't, but there's a difference between getting a campus visit and getting an offer--and Kill was right there to offer at the right time, (2) Wisconsin has lost a great offensive coordinator in Paul Chryst, who could have had the Minnesota job, but settled for Pitt instead (with Wisconsin ending up with Northern Illinois' OC--an usual twist). I think this will be great for the Gophers, and Nelson could be the guy to make decent receivers look great--it seldom, if ever, is the other way around. Ski-U-Mah Baby!

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pluggerJan. 19, 12 9:15 AM

Wish the kid the best, however he might regret joining the bottom dwellers of the B10. After attending both schools nothing compares to the campus or gameday athmosphere at Madison. Football programs are currently not even close either. Maybe he helps turn things around at the "U" and gets them to a bowl game. However would you rather be playing in the Rose Bowl or the Sun Bowl? Sounds like a great kid and wish him nothing but the best, however he is unlikely of getting another picuture with the Axe during his tenure at Minnesota.

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