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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Rutgers quarterback, Minnesota transfer Philip Nelson offers insight into Big Ten

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Despite starting 16 career games — a handful in the Big Ten — Minnesota transfer Philip Nelson isn't worried about dropping hints about Rutgers' new conference just yet as he sits out the 2014 season.

"Right now as quarterbacks we're all trying to learn this complicated offense," Nelson said Tuesday, his first public appearance in Piscataway. "We're not really looking into the Big Ten season quite yet. ... As soon as we get (to the season) is when I hope I can be a helpful piece to this program."

Wearing No. 19, Nelson said Rutgers compares favorably in terms of size to other Big Ten programs. 

"Minnesota was a 'smaller' team. We're not any Wisconsin-sized linemen," Nelson said. "I think the defense plays really physical. This offense, we're strong and physical up front, as well. We might not have huge size, but I think we can definitely compete."

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The career 2,100-yard passer says Minnesota's run-happy system caused him to reconsider. He will spend the spring learning new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen's system and adjusting to Rutgers' personnel.

"It's definitely different than what I've ever done before," Nelson said, "but it's exactly what I was looking for and I'm excited to keep learning."

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