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Gopher Commit Phillip Nelson Named Minnesota Player Of The Year By AP

Mankato West quarterback Philip Nelson, who has committed to the University of Minnesota, was named the Player of the Year for the state of Minnesota by the Associated Press.


Nelson completed over 66% of his passes in his senior season, throwing for 35 touchdowns. He helped Mankato West to a number one ranking for the entire season as they won their first 11 games of the year, but lost in the state semi-finals to come up a bit short of the ultimate goal.

In his career at Mankato West, Nelson threw for 7,564 yards and 94 touchdowns, putting him second in state history in both of those categories. He holds the state record for combined touchdowns (rushing and passing) in his career with 135.


Nelson will enroll at the University of Minnesota in time for the spring semester so that he can participate in the Gophers' spring workouts.


Congratulations to Philip Nelson on his achievement. It's great to see a player with this much talent staying in the state of Minnesota to play his college football, isn't it?

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.