Posted October 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Minnesota freshman quarterback Philip Nelson has made his college debut at Wisconsin. Nelson started the season as the third-stringer, but starter MarQueis Gray has been bothered by a sprained left ankle for the last month and backup Max Shortell hurt his neck in last week's loss to Northwestern. So coach Jerry Kill decided to burn Nelson's redshirt season and start him against the rival Badgers on Saturday. Gray was at wide receiver instead. Nelson was the Associated Press Player of the Year for Minnesota high school football in 2011 after a standout career at Mankato West. Nelson actually grew up in the Madison area before his family moved to Minnesota, and his father, Pat, played for the Badgers in the late 1970s.

QB Nelson getting surprise start for Gophers

MADISON, Wis. The University of Minnesota quarterback carousel took another turn Saturday against Wisconsin.Gophers freshman Philip Nelson got the start at quarterback, making his college debut against Wisconsin. Nelson started in place of injured senior MarQueis Gray and struggling sophomore Max Shortell.Nelson was a standout at Mankato West High School and was the top-ranked quarterback...

Nelson, Minnesota fall 38-13 at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The surprise debut of heralded Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was a mixture of success and disappointment against Wisconsin at boisterous Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Gophers' Nelson gets rude welcome in Madison

MADISON, Wis. There's baptism by fire, and then there's this. True freshman Philip Nelson found out Friday that he would be the starting quarterback for the University of Minnesota on Saturday against rival Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Already a hostile environment for visiting teams, it's an even more daunting task for a player making his college debut. Nelson...

Minnesota's Lucia gets 600th career win

One night after suffering its first loss of the season, the top-ranked University of Minnesota hockey team had another difficult game against Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich. This time, however, the Gophers came out ahead, 3-2, thanks to Seth Ambroz's goal 16:25 into the third period. The 600th career win for Gophers coach Don Lucia left Minnesota at 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0...

Tech attacks Gophers early, in 5-3 upset

The top-ranked Minnesota Gophers had a chance to help their head coach reach a career milestone Friday night, in a hockey clash at Michigan Tech. Alas, coach Don Lucia's 600th career win celebration will have to wait at least one more night. Michigan Tech bolted out to an early, 3-1 lead and was rarely threatened, as the host Huskies upset the Gophers, 5-3, in Houghton, Mich...

Report: Gophers Mbakwe gets added probation

University of Minnesota senior forward Trevor Mbakwe will not face jail time for violating his probation. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami-Dade judge Jose Fernandez on Friday gave Mbakwe an additional two years of probation for a July DUI charge he pleaded guilty to in Minneapolis last month. According to the newspaper, Fernandez warned Mbakwe, 23, of future slip...

Tubby Smith’s son gets DUI, Gophers place him on leave

Tubby Smith’s son Saul was arrested for DUI this past weekend, and because of it the Minnesota Golden Gophers college basketball program will make sure he misses a few paychecks. Here’s the statement from the University: University of Minnesota assistant men’s basketball coach Saul Smith was placed on indefinite unpaid administrative leave Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion...

Inside the Locker Room: Minnesota

Following its 38-13 victory over the Golden Gophers on Saturday, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and selected players addressed the media.

Gophers to Start Freshman Quarterback Saturday

According to a report by Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill has elected to start true-freshman Phillip Nelson at quarterback against Wisconsin on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Neslon, who was expected to take a redshirt this season, would forfeit his redshirt should he make the start. Marquees Gray, who came into the season as the...

Gophers' run defense continues to struggle

MADISON, Wis. Coming off two straight losses to open the Big Ten season, the University of Minnesota football team was hoping its fortunes would change Saturday as the Gophers took on rival Wisconsin. No so much, as the Badgers came away with a 38-13 win over the now 4-3 Gophers. Minnesota has now lost nine straight games to Wisconsin following the loss. Here are five things we...

WCHA Power Rankings (10/21/12)

Here is this week’s, the WCHA Power Rankings. This season, I will be doing the WCHA Power Rankings with Taylor Seibel who is a contributor of College Hockey Weekly. 1.  Minnesota Gophers – (3-1-0, WCHA 1-1-0) – This past weekend, the Minnesota Gophers split their weekend series with Michigan Tech (2-5 L – 3-2 W) in Houghton, Michigan.  This weekend the Gophers have...
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