Philip Nelson
Philip  Nelson


Mankato, Minn.

High School:
West HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215



Gophers Fall to Badgers 20-7

David Cobb runs for 68 yards in 20-7 loss.


Minnesota Pounces on New Mexico State 44-21

Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row.


Minnesota Races Past UNLV 51-23 in Season Opener

Ra'Shede Hageman blocked a field goal that Martez Shabazz picked up and raced for a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter


Gophers Release Depth Chart, Injury Report

Minnesota hosts UNLV at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29


Seventh Annual Golden Goldys Handed Out at TCF Bank Stadium

Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics


Gophers Fall in Texas Bowl

The Gopher football team fell in the Texas Bowl, 21-17, against Syracuse.


Gophers Beat Nittany Lions

Minnesota beat Penn State, 24-10, for its fourth straight victory.


Brick by Brick: Episode #12

Watch the latest episode of Brick by Brick.


Gophers Beat Hoosiers 42-39

Minnesota won its third straight Big Ten game with a 42-39 victory at Indiana.


Brick by Brick: Episode #11

Watch the latest episode of Brick by Brick presented by tradeMonster.


Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

USATSI Gallery


Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (USATSI)

Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (USATSI)


USATSPI: Minnesota vs. Indiana - 11/02/13

USATSPI: Minnesota vs. Indiana - 11/02/13


USATSPI: Minnesota vs. No. 25 Nebraska - 10/26/13

USATSPI: Minnesota vs. No. 25 Nebraska - 10/26/13


Gophers vs. Western Illinois: Sept. 14, 2013

Photos from the Gophers vs. Western Illinois football game at TCF Bank Stadium, Sept. 14, 2013

Photo Gallery

Game-By-Game Stats (PDF)

2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 12 games and started nine • was 94-of-186 for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns • third on the team in rushing attempts (93) and yards (364) • led team in total offense with 1,670 yards (1,306 passing yards and 364 rushing yards) • fourth on the team in scoring with six rushing touchdowns • named Academic All-Big Ten. Game-by-Game: Ran 12 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 48-yard score, in a win against UNLV • was 10-of-22 for 99 yards and a touchdown vs. UNLV • rushed 15 times for a career-high 122 yards (13th most all-time by a Gopher quarterback) and a touchdown at New Mexico State • completed eight passes for 127 yards against the Aggies • rushed six times for 16 yards and was 3-of-4 passing against Western Illinois before leaving the game with an injury • missed the San Jose State game with an injury • returned to the starting lineup against Iowa and passed for 135 yards and one touchdown • saw limited action at Michigan • sawaction in a reserve roll at Northwestern and ledMinnesota to a victory, as he rushed for 26 yards and passed for 112 yards and one touchdown • rushed eight times for 55 yards and two touchdowns against Nebraska and was also 7-of-15 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown • completed 16-of-23 passes for career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns (4) to be became just the 17th (ninth actual player) Minnesota quarterback to pass for four scores in one game and the first since Adam Weber tossed five touchdowns against Michigan State in 2009 • his 298 passing yards at Indiana were the most by a Gopher quarterback since Weber went for 299 yards against Penn State in 2010 • ran 12 times for 40 yards and one touchdown against Penn State, while also going 15-of-24 for 186 yards and one touchdown • started against Wisconsin and at Michigan State • started against Syracuse and was 2-of-7 passing for 18 yards and rushed two times for 14 yards.

2012 FRESHMAN SEASON: Started the final seven games of the season at quarterback • passed for 873 yards and eight touchdowns (third most ever for a Gopher freshman quarterback) • rushed 69 times for 184 yards • led team with 1,057 yards of total offense • named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance against Purdue (first Gopher to ever earn that honor) • shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with running back Rodrick Williams. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at Wisconsin • completed 13-of-24 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 67 yards at Wisconsin • made his home debut against Purdue and led Minnesota to a 44-28 win • completed 15-of-22 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win vs. Purdue • rushed for 37 yards and connected on 13 passes, including one touchdown, against Michigan • caught his first career pass (from holder Peter Mortell) on fake field goal attempt vs. Michigan • completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards (fewest in a Minnesota win since Adam Weber passed for 74 yards in 35-20 win against Purdue on Nov. 10, 2010) in a 17-3 win at Illinois, which secured a bowl bid for the Gophers • saw action at Nebraska and against Michigan State • rushed for 26 yards and completed 7-of-16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas Tech.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Mankato West High School • led team to an 11-1 record, conference and section championship and berth in state semifinals • winner of Minnesota Mr. Football award following his senior season • also named ESPN Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 • named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and the AP • earned All-America recognition by the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game • named Big Nine Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time Big Nine Offensive Player of the Year • MaxPreps' Tom Lemming rated him the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 40 overall player in the country and his National Sleeper of the Year • three-time all-conference selection • set state records for single-season total touchdowns (55) and career touchdowns (135) • finished career No. 2 on state charts for attempts (801), completions (490), passing yards (7,561) and touchdown passes (94) • passed for 2,784 yards and 35 scores, while rushing for 1,243 yards and 20 TDs as a senior • coached by Mark Esch.

PERSONAL:Philip Nelson was born September 11, 1993 • son of Pat and Norma Nelson • has yet to declare a major.


Elite Access: Gophers at Target Field

Elite Access: Gophers at Target Field

6/22/2018 - Football

The entire Gopher Football team traveled to Target Field in Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Twins play the Boston Red Sox in June.



6/18/2018 - Football

Jerry Gibson and Winston DeLattiboudere are spending their summer as Como Park Zoo and Conservatory security guards.

Player Profile: Antonio Shenault

Player Profile: Antonio Shenault

6/18/2018 - Football

Antonio Shenault will help lead a young defensive back group in 2018. The senior has played in 33 games and has made 111 tackles.

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