Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/25/14
MINNEAPOLIS A year ago, the Gophers began spring football practice to a very clear tune: This is Jerry Kill's team. It was the beginning of the coach's second season in the Twin Cities. He'd recruited a class of players by that point, gotten that first 3-9 season and all the initial kinks of being new and turning a program around out of his system. And it was Jerry Kill's team, no question. Players knew what to expect, and coaches in turn, and there was a sense that things would get better. They did. Minnesota won six games and made it to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, which resulted in a loss but a definite sense that the team was making a step toward the next level. This season begins on a very different note, although it, too, is one of ownership: This is Philip Nelson's team. Nelson, a sophomore next fall, assumed the team's quarterbacking duties against Wisconsin on Oct. 20, when he burned his redshirt. The freshman played in seven games, winning two, a...
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