Kristen Finstad

Minnesota QB Nelson To Transfer To Rutgers

Created on Jan. 31, 2014 5:02 PM EST

Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson will transfer to one of the Big Ten's newest members, Rutgers, according to

Nelson announced earlier in the month that he would seek a school with a more pass-oriented offense.

"For me, I am looking to play in a system that centers more around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets," Nelson said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Normally an athlete who transfers from one Big Ten school to another would lose a year of eligibility, but since Rutgers is not yet an official member of the Big Ten, the redshirt sophomore will still have two years of eligibility remaining. However, transfer rules require that Nelson sits out the 2014 season.

Nelson will be working with former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who was named Rutgers' offensive coordinator earlier this week.

Nelson started 16 games in two years with the Gophers, totaling 2,727 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill released a statement on Twitter saying, "Philip is a terrific young man. I wish him all the best as he continues his education and football career elsewhere. I want to thank Philip for all the contributions he made to our football program both on and off the field. And I will do anything I can to help him both now and in the future."

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