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.
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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.

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