If at first you don't succeed...try again at another Big Ten school.
At least that's the mindset former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson has taken as he is set to transfer to Rutgers, via CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman:
Nelson spent the majority of last season as the Golden Gophers starting quarterback after taking over the job midway through his freshman campaign in 2012.
However, it wasn't the smoothest of rides, as the Mankato, Minn., native struggled for the most part, throwing for 1,306 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions on just 50.5 percent passing. That includes being pulled early during the team’s Texas Bowl loss to Syracuse, 21-17, on Dec. 27.
A couple weeks later, Nelson announced his decision to transfer from Minnesota, per The Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen.
“For me, I’m looking to play in a system that centers around the pass game which utilizes my skill sets,” he said, via Christensen’s report. “I am excited to go out and meet with programs that match up with my talents.”
Although Nelson shouldn't be expected to be the savior of any passing attack in the country, the Scarlet Knights could certainly use all the help they can get.
The team finished last season ranked No. 64 in passing (235.6 YPG). Rutgers threw 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions for a team passer rating of 118.98—good for No. 94 in the nation.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Phillips will have to sit out the 2014 season.
Kansas State, Texas Tech and UCLA were also in the running to secure his services.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.