MINNEAPOLIS -- With a much-ado-about-little battle behind him, Philip Nelson can, for the first time, fully focus on what he was brought here to do.
Command a huddle. Read defenses. Call audibles. Run the zone read. Find receiving windows. Lead touchdown marches. Win football games.
Not be faced with incessant questions about Minnesota's No. 1 quarterback spot, which was technically up for grabs but in reality was his to lose coming into fall practices.
"We're just ready to go out there and just play," the sophomore said in typical team-first fashion. "We don't want to be thinking too much. We just want to get out there and make some plays."
Coach Jerry Kill confirmed Tuesday what most around the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex considered a given: Nelson is "certainly our starter," beating out Mitch Leidner for a job Nelson assumed halfway through last season. A day later, Nelson emerged from a grueling, two-hour outdoor practice in the...