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Updated: May 11th, 2014 1:24pm
Former Gophers QB Philip Nelson arrested, assault charges pending

Former Gophers QB Philip Nelson arrested, assault charges pending

by Nate Sandell
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Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of assault following an altercation in Mankato, Minn.

According to a post on the City of Mankato's Facebook page, police came across a victim of an apparent assault at 2:09 a.m. near the downtown intersection of Cherry and South Front streets. Police reported that the suspect, Nelson, was found on the scene and taken into custody for probable cause of assault.

Nelson, 20, was then booked into Blue Earth County jail with pending third degree assault charges.

The victim was identified as former Minnesota State-Mankato football player Isaac Kolstad. Kolstad, 24, is reportedly in critical condition at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

Mankato police are still looking for another person involved in the incident.

Here is the police scanner audio from the scene.

Nelson, a former football standout for Mankato West high school, started at quarterback for the Gophers for the bulk of the last two seasons. Nelson played in 19 games, starting 16 of them. He passed for 1,306 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions last season.

In January, Nelson announced he was transferring from Minnesota. He later completed his transfer by joining Rutgers, where he has two years of eligibility remaining.

Nelson participated in Rutgers' spring practices this year, but he must sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Kolstad was a three-year starting linebacker for Minnesota State, finishing off his senior season last November.

Like Nelson, Kolstad is from Mankato. He is a 2008 graduate of Mankato East high school.

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