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Gophers QB Gray may face a battle from Philip Nelson

MarQueis Gray could enter his senior season with the football Gophers fighting for his starting quarterback job. The Pioneer Press reports Philip Nelson has been making quite an impression in spring football practice.
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MarQueis Gray could enter his senior season with the football Gophers fighting for his starting quarterback job. The Pioneer Press reports Philip Nelson has been making quite an impression in spring football practice.

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Philip Nelson is in the hot seat again Saturday as the true freshman gets his second start at quarterback. But he'll be in front of a friendlier crowd as the Gophers host Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium. Meanwhile, MarQueis Gray is accepting his role as a wide receiver, and a lot of NFL scouts prefer him there, too.