Mankato West quarterback Philip Nelson is the Minnesota Associated Press prep player of the year. Nelson threw for almost 2,800 yards in 12 games this season, with 35 touchdown passes. He's committed to playing for the Gophers next year.
Mankato's Nelson eyes Gophers' starting QB job
Philip Nelson won't be shy. The Mankato West standout is now a University of Minnesota student and expects to compete for the starting quarterback job against senior MarQueis Gray. According to the Pioneer Press, Rivers will either win the job or become a red-shirt freshman.