With news of former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson transferring to future Big Ten member Rutgers, we decided to take a look back at some of the conference’s other Big Ten-to-Big Ten transfers. Check out our list in this post. Are we missing someone? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. FOOTBALL Philip Nelson – Minnesota to Rutgers Miles Shuler – Rutgers to Northwestern Brian Bobek – Ohio State to Minnesota Ryan Nowicki – Penn State to Illinois Justin Boren – Michigan to Ohio State Kim Royston – Wisconsin to Minnesota John Kerr – Indiana
Turns out, Philip Nelson is going to stay in the Big Ten. News has broken that the disgruntled Minnesota quarterback is transferring to Rutgers, which officially will join the Big Ten for the 2014 football season. He’ll sit out next season and have two years of eligibility beginning in 2015. At the time of his transfer, Nelson said he wanted to go to a school that passed more after he hit just 50.5 percent of his passes last season with nine touchdowns and six picks. [ MORE: View past Big Ten-to-Big Ten transfers ] The Gophers ranked last in the
So, Philip Nelson is bolting Minnesota because he wants to play for a program that “centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets.” In a statement, Nelson said, “I want to thank Coach Kill for the opportunity to play football at the University of Minnesota. I have the uttermost respect for Coach Kill and what he’s done for this program. I also want to reach out to all the great Minnesota fans that supported the football program and say thank you. Your effort makes a difference.” [ MORE: Allow players to leave sans penalty when coach leaves?
The Big Ten Conference released its Week 10 Players of the Week on Monday. The awards include five first-time honorees, including Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson and Penn State running back Bill Belton who shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. See all the winners in this post. Offensive Co-Players of the Week: Philip Nelson, Minnesota, So., QB Combined for 309 total yards, threw four touchdown strikes and completed 70 percent of his passes in Minnesota’s 42-39 victory over Indiana Notched career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns, becoming the first Gopher quarterback since 2009 to throw four
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 9? Find out in this post. WEEK 9 GAME BALLS 1. Philip Nelson, QB, Minnesota: 15-22, 246 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT; 9 car., 37 yards – Making just his second career start, Nelson was nearly flawless in leading the Gophers’ offensive onslaught against Purdue. The freshman completed 14 of